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HHE Report No. HETA-85-083-1705, Summit Finishing Company, Inc., Mooresville, Indiana.

Authors
Daniels-WJ; Kramkowski-RS
Source
NIOSH 1986 Jun; :1-22
NIOSHTIC No.
00163560
Abstract
A representative of the United Steelworkers of America requested an evaluation at the Summit Finishing Company, Inc. (SIC-3471), Mooresville, Indiana, of employee exposures to chemicals used in electroplating operations. At the time of the study there were 67 employees, about 26 of whom were involved directly in the production operations. Airborne concentrations of perchloroethylene (127184) did not exceed OSHA standards, but they did exceed the NIOSH recommended exposure level on both a ceiling and time weighted average basis. Environmental samples collected for cyanides, inorganic acids, metals, and formaldehyde (50000) were below their respective evaluation criteria at the time of the survey. The authors conclude that a potential health hazard existed from exposures to perchloroethlyene. A significant number of employees reported acute mucous membrane irritation. The authors recommend that local exhaust ventilation be installed at the perchloroethylene tank used for the reflow operation. Local exhaust ventilation systems should be periodically evaluated for effectiveness. Employees should be provided with a properly selected and fitted respirator. Face shields, chemical goggles, splash aprons, arm coverings, gloves, and boots should be readily available. Employees should be encouraged to use work practices which minimize the risk of exposure at all times. Proper personal hygiene procedures should be stressed.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-85-083-1705; Region-5; Electroplaters; Ethylenes; Hazard-Confirmed; Mucous-membranes
CAS No.
127-18-4; 50-00-0
Publication Date
19860601
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1986
NTIS Accession No.
PB87-106480
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-85-083-1705
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3471
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-85-083-1705, 22 pages, 6 references
State
IN; OH
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