Industrial Hygiene Survey Report of Defense Fuel Support Point, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. IWS-134-20-14.
NIOSH 1989 Mar:16 pages
As part of a study of worker exposure, personal protective equipment, and engineering controls in use in work areas where exposure to ethylene glycol ethers is possible, an industrial hygiene survey was conducted at the Defense Fuel Support Point (SIC- 4231), Cincinnati, Ohio. The site has been operational since 1953, occupying an area of 45 acres. The activities include receiving, storing, and distributing of jet fuel for military use. At this site 2-methoxyethanol (109864) (2-ME) was added as an icing inhibitor to one of the jet fuels. JP-4 contained 0.10 to 0.15 weight percent of 2-ME and JP-5 contained diethylene-glycol- monomethyl-ether (111773) (DEGME) at a concentration of 0.15 to 0.20 weight percent received at this location for shipment elsewhere. The potential existed for inhalation and dermal exposure to 2-ME. Exposure controls included the use of engineering controls at the truck loading operation and quality control analysis divisions as well as the wearing of personal protective equipment. The monitoring results indicated that full shift inhalation exposures to 2-ME were low, less than 0.34 part per million (ppm). Short term exposures occasionally reached 6.86ppm. Due to the small number of workers with a potential of exposure to glycol ethers, the authors recommend that this facility should not be included in additional health studies. The authors recommend that modification of work practices and ventilation equipment would help keep exposure levels down in the quality control laboratory and that individuals wear personal protective equipment suitable for inhalation and dermal exposures.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-134-20-14; Region-5; Skin-exposure; Inhalants; Jet-engine-fuels; Volatiles; Occupational-exposure;
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Industrywide Studies Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. IWS-134-20-14, 16 pages, 27 references