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Special Hazard Review With Control Recommendations: Ethylene Thiourea (ETU)
  • Published Date:
    October 1978
  • Status:
    current
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  • Personal Authors:
  • Corporate Authors:
    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • Document Type:
  • Description:
    The major NIOSH recommendation for the synthetic rubber industry is complete conversion from the use of the powderedform of ETU to the "encapsulated" form (see Section III-A and D of this review). In this "encapsulated" formulation, ETU is least likely to escape into the environment and subsequently be taken into the body of the worker. The effiacy of this recommendation is apparent from the preliminary report of the NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation on ETU (Salisbury, 1977). While approximately 100 rubber fabrication plants are presently utilizing "encapsulated" ETU, it is estimated that approximately 100 to 150 companies havce not made this change in procedure (personal correspondence, Wyrough & Loser, Inc. 1977).

    Further recommendations include proper labeling of all non-encapsulated ETU as carcinogenic and teratogenic, adequately informing employees of the potential hazard, and proper use of sanitation practices in the workplace. Compliance with all sections of these recommendations should at a minimum reduce the risk of ETU-induced cancer and prevent other adverse effects of occupational exposure to ETU.The major NIOSH recommendation for the synthetic rubber industry is complete conversion from the use of the powderedform of ETU to the "encapsulated" form (see Section III-A and D of this review). In this "encapsulated" formulation, ETU is least likely to escape into the environment and subsequently be taken into the body of the worker. The effiacy of this recommendation is apparent from the preliminary report of the NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation on ETU (Salisbury, 1977). While approximately 100 rubber fabrication plants are presently utilizing "encapsulated" ETU, it is estimated that approximately 100 to 150 companies havce not made this change in procedure (personal correspondence, Wyrough & Loser, Inc. 1977).

    Further recommendations include proper labeling of all non-encapsulated ETU as carcinogenic and teratogenic, adequately informing employees of the potential hazard, and proper use of sanitation practices in the workplace. Compliance with all sections of these recommendations should at a minimum reduce the risk of ETU-induced cancer and prevent other adverse effects of occupational exposure to ETU.The major NIOSH recommendation for the synthetic rubber industry is complete conversion from the use of the powderedform of ETU to the "encapsulated" form (see Section III-A and D of this review). In this "encapsulated" formulation, ETU is least likely to escape into the environment and subsequently be taken into the body of the worker. The effiacy of this recommendation is apparent from the preliminary report of the NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation on ETU (Salisbury, 1977). While approximately 100 rubber fabrication plants are presently utilizing "encapsulated" ETU, it is estimated that approximately 100 to 150 companies havce not made this change in procedure (personal correspondence, Wyrough & Loser, Inc. 1977).

    Further recommendations include proper labeling of all non-encapsulated ETU as carcinogenic and teratogenic, adequately informing employees of the potential hazard, and proper use of sanitation practices in the workplace. Compliance with all sections of these recommendations should at a minimum reduce the risk of ETU-induced cancer and prevent other adverse effects of occupational exposure to ETU.

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