HHE Report, No. HETA-81-269-1167, FMC Corporation, Tipton, Indiana.
Stephenson-RL; Aw-T-C; O'Brien-D
NIOSH 1982 Aug:29 pages
Worker exposure to paints and solvents at the FMC Fire Apparatus Facility (SIC-7535 and SIC-3711), Tipton, Indiana was investigated. Local 2166 of the United Steel Workers of America requested the evaluation which was performed on May 18 to 21 and September 28 to October 1, 1981. Personal and area air samples were collected for assessing exposure to various organic solvents, hexamethylene- diisocyanate (822060) (HMDI), lead (7439921), and nuisance particulates. Medical assessments were made on five current and two former workers. Nuisance particulates ranged from 19.8 to 35.4 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3) compared to an OSHA standard of 15mg/m3; lead ranged from 0.01 to 1.54mg/m3 (OSHA: 0.05mg/m3); HMDI peaked at 180mg/m3 (NIOSH: 0.035mg/m3), and HMDI-Biuret peaked at 111mg/m3. None of the individuals evaluated showed any signs of excessive absorption of lead, chromium, or organic solvents. The authors conclude that a health hazard due to overexposures to HMDI, lead, and nuisance particulates existed at the FMC Corporation. Recommendations for respirators, use of barrier creams, proper eyecare, painting procedures, and improved personal and workplace hygiene are offered.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Employee-exposure; Industrial-hygiene; Air-sampling; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Work-practices; HETA-81-269-1167; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-5;
822-06-0; 7439-92-1; 108-19-0
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 29 pages, 23 references