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Industrial hygiene walk-through survey report of Universal Woods, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky, Report No. IWS-157-20.

Authors
McCammon-CS Jr.; Krishnan-ER; Goodman-RJ
Source
NIOSH 1987 Apr; :1-17
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00170405
Abstract
The potential for exposure to acrylates or methacrylates was investigated during a walk through survey at the Universal Woods facility (SIC-2499, SIC-2851) in Louisville, Kentucky. Thirteen employees have potential contact with acrylates in the wood finishing operations at this location. Depending on the specific end use of the wood product, as many as five coat applications were used during the finishing step. To apply these coats, two reverse roll coaters, a direct roll coater, and two curtain coaters were used. Most of the wood products were dual cured with electron beam followed by ultraviolet light to produce uniform low gloss finishes. The chemicals were warmed to 95 degrees-F to insure adequate flow properties prior to application. No reliable industrial hygiene monitoring data were available for this facility. It was recommended that gloves be mandatory for operators handling top coats, fillers, and adhesives. Gloves providing forearm protection were recommended for workers when pouring/transferring acrylated materials or cleaning the line. Respiratory protection was recommended for all operations involving methylene-chloride (75092). The use of local exhaust ventilation, redesigning certain operations to make use of automatic systems, and further specific areas for study were identified.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-157-20; Region-4; Plastics-industry; Coatings; Woodworkers; Woodworking-industry
CAS No.
75-09-2
Publication Date
19870413
Document Type
Field Studies; Industry Wide
Fiscal Year
1987
NTIS Accession No.
PB87-221016
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
IWS-157-20
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2499; 2851
Source Name
Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. IWS-157-20, 17 pages, 7 references
State
KY; OH
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