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Preliminary Survey Report: Control of Methylene Chloride in Furniture Stripping at Strip-Ease Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. CT-170-11A.

Authors
Jensen-PA; Todd-WF
Source
NIOSH 1990 Oct:18 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00195980
Abstract
A study was made to document and evaluate effective techniques for the control of potential health hazards at the Strip Ease Company (SIC-7641), Cincinnati, Ohio. Strip Ease was a furniture stripping company which performed this task in an 800 square foot area. At this facility varnish and lacquer finishes are normally stripped using Kwick Kleen, Paint Remover 125 in either a flow over system or a dip tank. On occasion, pieces are hand stripped to prevent damage to veneers and glued laminates. Paint remover 125 contains about 70% methylene-chloride (75092), 25% methanol (67561), 1% sodium- hydroxide (1310732), and 4% unspecified materials. Paints are normally stripped in one of the caustic tanks. Engineering controls in this operation had no basic design or pattern. Ventilation ducts were provided near the two caustic soak tanks but they had no fans and depended on exhaust air venting from the chimney effect. A small local exhaust ventilation system was noted in the methylene- chloride flow over tank. The concept of collecting heavy methylene- chloride vapors from the bottom of the tank may be valid in concept, but factors interfere with this process to a great degree. The only operation being conducted at the time of the visit was the hand dipping of an old bookcase, for which no personal protective equipment was used.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; CT-170-11A; Region-5; Control-technology; Chlorinated-hydrocarbons; Furniture-repair; Furniture-workers; Paint-removers; Organic-solvents;
CAS No.
75-09-2; 67-56-1; 1310-73-2;
Publication Date
19901001
Document Type
Control Technology; Field Studies;
Fiscal Year
1991
NTIS Accession No.
PB91-151712
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
CT-170-11A
Priority Area
Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment; Research Tools and Approaches; Control-technology;
SIC Code
7641;
Source Name
Engineering Control Technology Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. CT-170-11A, 18 pages, 8 references
State
OH;
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