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Polyvinyl Chloride Meat Wrapping Film Study.


PB88202981

Publication Date 1988
Personal Author Vandervort, R.
Page Count 9
Abstract As a result of worker complaints in the Baltimore, Maryland area, potential health hazards associated with the use of polyvinyl-chloride film for wrapping meat were reviewed. Fumes generated during the meat wrapping process were causing concern among the workers as they experienced respiratory irritation and distress. It appeared that only some of the meat wrappers experienced difficulty, only some of the rolls of film produced irritations in the affected workers, and affected workers had prior histories of respiratory difficulties. Fumes were generated during hot wire film cutting. The amount of fume generated depended significantly on the care taken during the operation. If the dispensing machines were improperly adjusted, large amounts of fumes could be obtained during the cutting process. The author concludes that the amounts of these chemicals released during this operation does not constitute a health hazard to the employees. It may be necessary, however, to remove persons with prior respiratory irritation from this particular job location.
Keywords
  • Environmental surveys
  • Polyvinyl chloride
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Exposure
  • Sources
  • Air pollution
  • Public health
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Meat packing industry
  • Health hazards
  • Indoor air pollution
  • Environmental health
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 68A - Air Pollution & Control
Corporate Authors National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Document Type Technical Report
Title Note Final rept.,
NTIS Issue Number 198817
Polyvinyl Chloride Meat Wrapping Film Study.
Polyvinyl Chloride Meat Wrapping Film Study.
PB88202981

  • Environmental surveys
  • Polyvinyl chloride
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Exposure
  • Sources
  • Air pollution
  • Public health
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Meat packing industry
  • Health hazards
  • Indoor air pollution
  • Environmental health
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 68A - Air Pollution & Control
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