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HHE report no. HETA-86-037-1749, Lamiglas, Woodland, Washington.

Authors
Apol-AG
Source
NIOSH 1986 Nov; :1-12
NIOSHTIC No.
00166998
Abstract
A request was made by the management of Lamiglas (SIC-3949), located in Woodland, Washington, to investigate possible hazards to employees arising out of exposure to solvent vapors during the making of fibrous glass and graphite fishing rods. Approximately 50 individuals were employed in the production shop. Personal breathing zone and area air samples were analyzed for acetone (67641), 2-butoxyethanol (111762), butyl-alcohol (71363), cyclohexanol (108930), petroleum distillates, toluene (108883), and xylene (1330207) concentrations. Employee exposure to these substances ranged from 3 to 59 percent of the appropriate evaluation criteria. Local exhaust ventilation was provided where needed. Some cases of dermatitis had resulted in the past from skin contact with high temperature cure epoxy resin and epoxy glue used in rod building. Occasional headaches were reported by the coater, blank washer, silk screener, set up worker, and finisher. Dizziness and lightheadedness were also reported by these workers. In addition, the silk screener experienced some throat and nasal irritation and occasional bleeding due to cleaning materials that are in aerosol form when used. Improved ventilation was recommended for specified areas, along with lowering of temperatures for hand held equipment when possible. All solvent containers are to be clearly labeled and used only under safe conditions. Protective gloves with liners are to be worn. Use of machine rather than hand held knives was recommended for removing cork handles from rods in an effort to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-10; HETA-86-037-1749; Hazard-Confirmed; Organic-solvents; Aerosols; Epoxy-compounds; Sporting-and-athletic-goods; Fiberglass-industry; Author Keywords: Sporting and athletic goods - fishing tackle; acetone; 2 butoxyethanol; N-butyl alcohol; cyclohexanol; epoxy resins; fiberglass; graphite; petroleum distillates; toluene; xylene
CAS No.
67-64-1; 111-76-2; 71-36-3; 108-93-0; 108-88-3; 1330-20-7
Publication Date
19861101
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1987
NTIS Accession No.
PB87-185575
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-86-037-1749
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3949
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-86-037-1749, 12 pages
State
WA; OH
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