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In-depth survey report: control of airborne solvents in a small offset print shop at Express Service Printing, Indianapolis, Indiana, report no. CT-205-13a.

Authors
Crouch-KG; Gressel-MG
Source
NIOSH 1997 Feb; :1-26
NIOSHTIC No.
00235361
Abstract
The results of personal exposure and area sampling are presented for airborne solvent vapors at a small printing establishment during August and September of 1995. Between the first and the second sampling periods, a local exhaust system was installed on two of the three operating presses. When processing small pieces, press cleaning operations are performed by hand by the press operators. Cleaning solvents typically include a volatile mixture of several compounds. Prior to installing the ventilation system, peak dust concentrations were near 0.8mg/m3, with the average concentration around 0.22mg/m3 during working hours. Once the fresh air system was installed, the dust concentration peaked at 0.4mg/m3, with an average of about 0.07mg/m3, a reduction of about 67%. The authors suggest that solvents containing methylene-chloride (75092) be replaced with ones that do not, avoiding potentially carcinogenic or other highly toxic components. Duct work should be smooth on the inside and have a circular cross section. The application of local exhaust controls to offset lithographic presses promises to reduce airborne cleaning solvent and antioffset powder emissions, and should result in acceptable worker exposures.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; CT-205-13a; Region-5; Control-technology; Printing-industry; Solvents; Solvent-vapors; Workplace-studies; Chlorinated-hydrocarbons
CAS No.
75-09-2
Publication Date
19970212
Document Type
Control Technology; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1997
NTIS Accession No.
PB97-155659
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
CT-205-13a
NIOSH Division
DPSE
Priority Area
Control-technology
SIC Code
2752
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH; IN
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