HHE Determination, Report No. HHE-78-110-585, Piper Aircraft Corporation, Vero Beach, Florida.
NIOSH 1979 Apr:17 pages
Personal and area environmental samples were collected, and a walk through survey and interviews were conducted at the request of an authorized employee representative to determine if workers at the Piper Aircraft Facility (SIC-3079) in Vero Beach, Florida were exposed to potentially toxic substances. Approximately 150 employees in two departments who work with acrylonitrile-butadiene- styrene (9003569) plastic or use a resin fibrous-glass buildup technique were studied. Short term styrene (100425) concentrations exceeded OSHA criteria of 100 parts per million (ppm) for an 8 hour time weighted average (TWA). One of 13 long term samples for styrene was measured at 293ppm, which was above the recommended OSHA standard of 200ppm. Concentrations of methyl-alcohol (67561) (0.3 to (1.2 to 3ppm), butadiene (106990) (0.7 to 1.3ppm), total particulates (0.4 to 7.3 milligrams per cubic meter, mg/cu m), and acrylonitrile (107131) (0.8 to 1.4ppm) were below recommended OSHA maximum concentrations of 200ppm, 1,000ppm, 100ppm, 1,000ppm, 15mg/cu m, and 20ppm, respectively. Evaluation results indicate that some employees were exposed to potentially toxic short term concentrations of styrene. The author recommends the addition of local exhaust ventilation, a review of the effectiveness of existing ventilation systems, and maintenance of work practices that include the use of gloves and skin lotion to reduce skin dryness and irritation.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-78-110-585; Plastic-products; Aircraft-parts; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Region-4; Hazard-Confirmed; Toxic-substances; Chemical-exposure; Styrene-resins; Personal-air-sampling; Air-monitoring; Ventilation-systems; Safety-measures; Skin-protective-agents;
9003-56-9; 100-42-5; 67-56-1; 67-64-1; 79-01-6; 106-99-0; 107-13-1;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HHE-78-110-585, 17 pages, 10 references