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HHE Report No. HETA-91-298-2182, Gibson Flatiron, Erica Shell Manufacturing, Bozeman, Montana.

Authors
McCammon-C
Source
NIOSH 1992 Feb:12 pages
NIOSHTIC No.
00206152
Abstract
In response to a request from the Montana State Health Department, an evaluation was undertaken of exposures to wood dust and lacquer vapors at the Gibson Flatiron/Erica Shell Manufacturing Companies (SIC-3931), Bozeman, Montana. Gibson Flatiron manufactured mandolins and banjos. Erica Shell Manufacturing Company cuts and grinds abalone and other sea shells into small pieces to be used in designs inlayed into mandolins and banjos. Measured wood dust levels ranged from 0.8 to 32mg/m3 with an 8 hour time weighted average (TWA) of 1.2 to 30mg/m3. Rib construction and assembly, and planing bulk ebony wood had TWA exposures above the OSHA permissible exposure limit of 5mg/m3 for wood dust. Application of dyes and finishes resulted in low exposures to acetone (67641), toluene (108883), xylene (1330207), and butyl-acetate (123864). No solvent air concentrations were above 10% of their respective PELs. The author concludes that a health hazard existed for exposure to wood dusts. The author recommends the establishment of a respiratory protection program and a hearing conservation program. Emergency egress routes should be marked in the buildings.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-91-298-2182; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-8; Wood-dusts; Airborne-dusts; Dust-exposure; Organic-solvents; Dyes; Occupational-exposure; Woodworking;
CAS No.
67-64-1; 108-88-3; 1330-20-7; 123-86-4;
Publication Date
19920201
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
PB92-184175
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-91-298-2182
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
3931;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-91-298-2182, 12 pages, 7 references
State
MT; OH;
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