HHE determination report no. HHE-76-82-361, Hair Zoo Penfield, New York.
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 76-82-361, 1977 Feb; :1-7
Acting on a request from an authorized representative of the employees a Health Hazard Evaluation was conducted by NIOSH in the Nail Room at the Hair Zoo, Penfield, New York, on June 29, 1976, in order to determine whether exposures to monomeric methylmethacrylate (80626) vapors were posing a health hazard to the employees, because the employer and employees have been told by a competitor that the monomer was extremely harmful. On the basis of air sample results, employee interviews, and available toxicity information it is concluded that exposure to monomer vapors did not present a health hazard to the employees at the time of the survey. Interviews of the 3 affected employees were negative except for occasional itching and a raised rash, in 2 of 3 resulting from the simple irritant action of methyl-methacrylate polymer. Air sampling for N,N- dimethyl-p-toluidine, the catalyst used with the monomer, showed only trace quantities. Recommendations are made to prevent the mechanical irritation of the skin.
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