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Evaluation of exposure to organic solvents.

Authors
Brueck-SE; Chen-L; Niemeier-M
Source
Screen Print 2011 Feb; :30-33
NIOSHTIC No.
20040256
Abstract
We received an HHE request from a company that designs and screen prints acrylic signs for a variety of businesses. Housed in a four-story, 35,000-sq-ft building, the company employs 22 people with only three involved directly in screen printing or spray painting. Company management and employees were concerned about possible harmful health effects from exposures to organic solvents in lacquer thinner and screen-printing inks. We visited the facility to collect air samples, measure airflow in the spray-paint booth, check air movement in the screen-printing area, evaluate personal protective equipment (ppe) use, and identify fire safety hazards. Workers were mostly exposed to breathing solvent vapors during screen printing and washing. However, they were also exposed to vapors from evaporation of solvent-soaked cleaning towels. Additionally, workers had skin exposure to solvents.
Keywords
Printing-industry; Printing-inks; Organic-solvents; Organic-chemicals; Organic-compounds; Paint-thinners; Control-technology; Engineering-controls; Personal-protective-equipment; Personal-protection; Protective-equipment; Fire-safety; Skin-exposure; Eyes; Gloves; Protective-clothing; Eye-shields; Eye-protection; Eye-protective-equipment
CAS No.
108-88-3; 110-54-3; 67-63-0; 67-64-1; 108-94-1
Publication Date
20110201
Document Type
Journal Article; Lay Publication
Fiscal Year
2011
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISSN
0036-9594
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Priority Area
Services
Source Name
Screen Printing
State
OH
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