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HHE Report No. HETA-90-174-2231, Modern Materials Incorporated, Rochester, Indiana.

Authors
Mouradian-RF; Deitchman-S
Source
NIOSH 1992 Jul:58 pages
NIOSHTIC No.
00210217
Abstract
In response to a request from the management of Modern Materials Incorporated (SIC-3479), Rochester, Indiana, possible chemical exposures associated with powder coating operations, specifically isocyanates used in some powder coatings, were evaluated. Air sampling indicated that the concentrations of most of the targeted chemicals were well below the Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs) and Recommended Exposure Limits (RELs). However, some exposures to epsilon-caprolactam (105602), formaldehyde (50000), and sulfur- dioxide (7446095) exceeded these limits. Conditions were observed which allowed dermal exposure to corrosives to occur, including hexavalent chromium (7440473). Inoperative eye washes, inadequate personal protective equipment, and apparent failure to meet communications requirements were also noted. The authors conclude that employees were exposed to potentially hazardous concentrations of aldehydes, epsilon-caprolactam, and sulfur-dioxide, and that there was a potential for hazardous exposures to other materials, and to unsafe conditions from inadequate use of safety devices and personal protective equipment. It was not possible to determine if workers had been exposed to unsafe levels of isocyanates or had developed isocyanate sensitization. The authors recommend specific measures to improve the conditions at this site.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-90-174-2231; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Coatings; Hexavalent-chromium-compounds; Aldehydes; Occupational-exposure; Skin-exposure; Safety-equipment;
CAS No.
105-60-2; 50-00-0; 7446-09-5; 7440-47-3;
Publication Date
19920701
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
PB93-118685
NTIS Price
A05
Identifying No.
HETA-90-174-2231
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
3479;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-90-174-2231, 58 pages, 18 references
State
IN; OH;
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