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Walk-through survey report: styrene and noise exposures during fiber reinforced plastic boat manufacturing at Island Packet Yachts (IPY), Largo, Florida, report no. CT-306-15a.

Authors
Valladares-RM; Blade-LM
Source
NIOSH 2006 Feb; :1-14
NIOSHTIC No.
20029740
Abstract
On October 14, 2005, researchers from the Engineering and Physical Hazards Branch (EPHB) of the Division of Applied Research and Technology (DART) conducted a walk-through survey at Island Packet Yachts, in Largo, Florida. The primary purpose of this walk-through was to learn more about the fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) boat manufacturing industry and to assess the suitability of this facility for an in-depth survey. The main goals for the walk-through survey included performing a preliminary assessment of the occupational exposures to styrene vapor in air and observing the effectiveness of engineering exposure-control measures during the FRP boat manufacturing operations. A secondary objective was to perform a preliminary assessment of the noise exposures occurring during these operations. Preliminary Conclusions and Recommendations: According to an environmental health and safety (EHS) representative, the highest styrene exposure zones occur while making the hulls, decks, and internal glass units (IGU). Due to the shape and configuration of sailing yachts, it is believed that the worker's breathing-zone is near the laminating surface more when compared to traditional recreational-boat manufacturing. According to the few samples taken, the approximate styrene-vapor concentration in the hull laminating was only 10 ppm. The lamination and rolling steps in boat manufacturing are historically known for having the highest styrene vapor in air. It can be concluded that simple precautions like the three directed fans in parallel can be taken to ensure a low styrene-vapor environment. It is up to the plant manager to ensure that the ventilation system is properly balanced. A further investigation of this plant still needs to be discussed with NIOSH researchers.
Keywords
Region-4; Styrenes; Styrene-resins; Boat-manufacturing-industry; Noise-exposure; Noise-control; Engineering-controls; Fibrous-glass; Plastics
Contact
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Applied Research and Technology, Engineering and Physical Hazards Branch, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Mail Stop R-5, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1998
CAS No.
100-42-5
Publication Date
20060201
Document Type
Field Studies; Control Technology
Fiscal Year
2006
NTIS Accession No.
PB2006-107486
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
CT-306-15a
NIOSH Division
DART
Priority Area
Research Tools and Approaches: Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment
SIC Code
3732
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
FL; OH
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