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Health hazard evaluation report: HHE-72-48-35, Barcol Overdoor Co., Inc., Sheffield, Illinois.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 72-48-35, 1973 Apr; :1-22
Evaluation of hazards from a contact cement containing primarily polychloroprene, mineral spirits, and toluene used in manufacturing wooden overhead doors. Eight-hour time weighted concentration is given for each component of the cement. Survey of exposed workers does not show adverse clinical effects; but toluene (108883) is determined toxic at the concentrations found in the workers' environment for the gluing area and vicinity. Contact of the eyes with liquid toluene results in burns of varying degrees of severity, producing opacities and corneal burns. Toluene is also a skin irritant although poorly absorbed by the intact skin. Recommendations include improvement of ventilation in the gluing area, provision of respirators, and careful handling, transportation and storage of solvents.
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Author; HHE-72-48-35; Region-5; Hazard-Confirmed; Aromatic-hydrocarbons; Toxic-substances; Organic-solvents; Adhesives; Chloroprenes; Polymers; Polycyclic-compounds; Chlorinated-hydrocarbons; Clinical-symptoms; Skin-disorders; Eye-disorders; Environmental-contaminants; Author Keywords: Contact Cement; Polychloroprene; Mineral Spirits; Toluene; Gluing; Wooden Overhead Doors
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