HHE Determination Report No. HHE-73-124-127, Schnadig Corporation, Cornelia, Georgia.
NIOSH 1974 Mar:8 pages
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for styrene (100425), methylene-chloride (75092) (MC), and the petroleum distillate naphtha (8030306) at the Schnadig Corporation (SIC-2511), Cornelia, Georgia, in November 1973. Seven employees were interviewed. Styrene and MC concentrations were below relevant federal standards. Naphtha concentrations of 145 to 246 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3) were found in the molding department. The OSHA standard for naphtha that contains no aromatic hydrocarbons was 2000mg/m3, 8 hour time weighted average. The manufacturer of the naphtha used at the facility stated that the compound contained less than 7 percent aromatic hydrocarbons. Occasional eye irritation was the major complaint reported by the employees. One employee had developed a rash after 1 day of work in the plastic department. He was transferred to another department. Poor work practices, such as storing of solvents in open containers and not using protective clothing, were observed in the waxing and spraying departments. The hood used in the waxing operation had inadequate air flow. The author concludes that no health hazard exists from exposure to styrene or MC. A potential but very minimal hazard exists from exposure to naphtha vapors, due primarily to poor work practices.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-4; Furniture-industry; Air-contamination; Industrial-chemicals; Employee-exposure; HHE-73-124-127;
100-42-5; 75-09-2; 8030-30-6;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Cincinnati, Ohio, NTIS PB232-737, Report No. HHE-73-124-127, 8 pages