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HHE determination report no. HHE-75-103-261, Roberts Diesel Service, Garden City, Georgia.
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 75-103-261, 1976 Feb; :1-7
A Health Hazard Evaluation investigation was conducted by NIOSH on June 23, 1975, at the Roberts Diesel Service, Garden City, Georgia, a small service and repair shop for diesel trucks (SIC-7538). The survey was prompted by a request from the employer following the development of a lung problem by one employee who occasionally operated the steam cleaner. Airborne sampling, medical interviews of the 4 affected employees, and medical review of the pulmonary problem of the former employee led to the conclusion that the steam cleaning operation as normally performed does not present a health hazard to operators. Airborne concentrations of sodium-hydroxide (1310732) and butyl-cellosolve (111762) liberated in the process from a solution of commercial steam cleaning soap were measured at levels below current recommended standards. Since the solution is highly alkaline and can produce severe skin burns, appropriate precautions are recommended in handling.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-75-103-261; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-4; Industrial-plants; Air-quality-measurement; Alkalies; Maintenance-shops; Respiratory-system-disorders; Organic-solvents; Exposure-limits; Workshops; Air-contamination; Author Keywords: sodium hydroxide; butyl cellosolve; steam cleaning; skin burns
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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