Health Hazard Evaluation Report HETA 84-026-1599; U.S. Penitentiary Terre Haute, Indiana [open pdf - 3MB]
"On October 17, 1983, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a request to evaluate exposures to formaldehyde for inmates manufacturing bed sheets at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana. The fabric used to make the sheets is treated with a formaldehyde-containing resin which imparts wrinkle-resistant properties to the material. [...] NIOSH measured concentrations of formaldehyde averaging 1.07 ppm for full-shift personal exposures among the workers/inmates at the Federal Penitentiary in Terre Haute. There was a high prevalence of irritation symptoms. Since formaldehyde is a potential occupational carcinogen and has shown irritation properties at low levels, measures to reduce exposure to the lowest feasible level are recommended."
HETA # 84-26-1599; Health Evaluation and Technical Assistance Report Number 84-26-1599
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