NIOSH 1981 Aug:12 pages
A walk through survey was made at the Middlesboro Tanning Company (SIC-3111), Middlesboro, Kentucky for the purpose of monitoring exposures to hazardous materials during the operations of the company. This company employed 363 production and administrative workers. The company processed mainly steer hides and a few cow hides. All the hides used were from domestic sources and were preserved by brine curing prior to receipt by the tannery. Primarily six types of finished leather were produced: sole, heel, craft, and welting leather which were usually vegetable tanned, and shoe upper and mechanical leathers which were chrome tanned. Potential exposures and controls used were determined. Industrial hygiene measurements were not taken, but a few compounds with distinctive odors were present on the day of the survey, including ammonia (7664417) and acids. The authors recommend that actual measurements be taken to determine the effectiveness of the control methods in place at this location.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-132-14; Region-4; Tanning-industry; Acid-mists; Skin-exposure; Air-quality-monitoring;
NTIS Accession No.
Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. IWS-132-14, 12 pages, 10 references