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In-depth survey report: assisting furniture strippers in reducing the risk from methylene chloride stripping formulations at Los Angeles Stripping and Refinishing Center, Los Angeles, California, report no. ECTB-170-20a.

Authors
Estill-CF; Kovein-RJ; Jones-JH; Morton-A
Source
NIOSH 1999 Mar; :1-9
NIOSHTIC No.
20000055
Abstract
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is currently conducting research on ventilation controls to reduce furniture stripping exposures to methylene chloride to the OSHA PEL of 25 ppm. Low cost ventilation systems were designed by NIOSH researchers along with Benny Bixenman of Benco Sales, Inc. (Forney, TX). The controls were constructed and installed by Benco Sales. This report compares the methylene chloride levels of one worker stripping furniture using the recently installed ventilation controls and using the existing controls. During the survey, two different chemical stripping solutions (a standard formulation and a low methylene chloride content formulation) were used and compared. This survey tested three control combinations: (1) new ventilation, low methylene chloride stripper, (2) new ventilation, standard stripping solution, and (3) old ventilation, standard stripping solution. During each test, sorbent tube sampling and real-time sampling were employed. Sorbent tube, data collected in the worker's breathing zone, ranged from 300 to 387 ppm. Real-time data showed breathing zone exposures to range from 211 to 383 ppm while stripping and 164 to 230 ppm\ while rinsing. Data were inconclusive to determine which ventilation system or stripping solution produced the lowest exposures. Recommendations are made in the report to improve the newly installed ventilation controls.
Keywords
Region-9; Exposure-monitoring; Exhaust-systems; Ventilation; Occupational-safety-and-health; Ventilation; Air-sampling; Surveys; Furniture-repair
CAS No.
75-09-2
Publication Date
19990326
Document Type
Field Studies; Control Technology
Fiscal Year
1999
NTIS Accession No.
PB99-147662
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
ECTB-170-20a
NIOSH Division
DPSE
SIC Code
7641
Source Name
National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH. Div. of Physical Sciences and Engineering
State
CA; OH
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