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HHE Report No. HETA-83-113-1470, Raygo-Wagner, Portland, Oregon.

Authors
Apol-AG; Helgerson-S; Parrish-RG
Source
NIOSH 1983 May:25 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00139224
Abstract
Worker exposures to paint solvents were surveyed from December 30, 1982 to June 15, 1983 and on August 18 and 19, 1983 at Raygo Wagner (SIC-3531) in Portland, Oregon. The evaluation was requested by a former employee on behalf of himself and two other painters who suffered seizures and other neurologic problems. Personal and area air samples were collected for solvent vapors, and medical questionnaires were administered to two former and ten current employees. The composition of the solvents was also identified. Solvent exposure for one painter exceeded the NIOSH recommended 8 hour time weighted average limit, and exceeded the recommended short term limit for two painters. Nine of the workers reported difficulties with memory and thinking ability. Significant neurological or neuropsychological disturbances were found in five of the workers. Two of the five workers, and possibly a third, had symptoms of chronic toxic encephalopathy. Four other painters reported incidents of fainting on the job from solvent fume exposure. The authors note that changes in work processes and the use of protective equipment precluded evaluation of exposures that existed prior to the survey. They conclude that the neurologic disorders possibly were caused by excessive solvent exposure. No recommendations are offered since the factory has ceased production.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Construction-industry; Region-10; Questionnaires; Painters; Air-samples; Neurotoxins; Solvent-vapors; Exposure-levels; HETA-83-113-1470;
Publication Date
19830501
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1983
NTIS Accession No.
PB85-184224
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-83-113-1470
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
3531;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-83-113-1470, 25 pages, 49 references
State
OR; OH;
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