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HHE Report No. HETA-95-0311-2593, Martin's Carstar, Inc., Lakewood, Colorado.

Authors
McCammon-C
Source
NIOSH 1996 Aug:26 pages
NIOSHTIC No.
00235006
Abstract
In response to a request from the President of Martin's Carstar (SIC- 7531) located in Lakewood, Colorado, an investigation was begun into possible hazardous working conditions at the site. Martin's is in the autobody repair business. The work done at the shop includes frame straightening, panel repair and replacement, body filing, and final painting and detailing. There was concern about possible worker exposures to noise, solvents, dusts, carbon-monoxide (630080) (CO), and metals. Personal breathing zone and area airborne levels were measured and noise levels were determined. Levels of isocyanates, solvents, total dust, and noise were below NIOSH/OSHA evaluation criteria. During the cold weather months, a potential hazard from CO exposure existed as CO concentrations rose to levels in excess of the NIOSH/OSHA limits. The peak CO level measured was 450 parts per million (ppm) and the highest 15 minute average was 105ppm. Recommendations were made for air supplied respirators when there is the potential for exposure to isocyanates; a good general ventilation for the entire shop in winter months to control CO levels; implementation of a complete respiratory protection program, proper management of paint spraying operations; good housekeeping regulations; wearing of gloves when mixing paint or cleaning paint guns or when any bulk paint or solvents may come into skin contact; monitoring noise levels; and monitoring exposure to metals during grinding and welding operations.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-95-0311-2593; Region-8; Mechanics; Hazard-Confirmed; Paint-spraying; Respiratory-system-disorders; Personal-protective-equipment; Ventilation-systems; Automobile-repair-shops;
CAS No.
630-08-0;
Publication Date
19960801
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1996
NTIS Accession No.
PB97-147219
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-95-0311-2593
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
Priority Area
Respiratory-system-disorders
SIC Code
7531;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-95-0311-2593, 26 pages, 40 references
State
CO; OH;
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