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HHE determination report no. HHE-77-78-466, Pre Finish Metals, Inc., Elk Grove Village, 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 77-78-466, 1978 Feb; :1-14
An evaluation to determine if workers at Pre Finish Metals, Inc., involved in coating coiled stock metals (SIC-3479), either aluminum (7429905) or steel, with a wide variety of chemical coatings, usually paints or laminates and/or rustproofing are exposed to carcinogens, has been made. About 20 of the employees were given nondirected interviews to determine if they had experienced health problems as a result of their work place exposure. During the private interviews, many of the workers complained about the use of White Plastisol. Direct measurements for vinyl-chloride (75014) monomer were taken by using colorimetric detector tubes. No detectable levels of the vinyl-chloride monomer were found. Breathing zone and general area samples were taken for benzene (71432), toluene (108883), xylene (1330207), methyl-ethyl-ketone (78933), acetate (71501) n-butyl-alcohol (71363), 2-butoxyethanol (111762), isopropyl-alcohol (67630) and chromium-(VI) (18540299). Concentrations of benzene, in nine samples, exceeded the evaluation criteria. The airborne concentration of methyl-ethyl-ketone, taken at the reclaimed solvent room and during the blue strippable Plastisol coating process also exceeded the evaluation criteria. Two of the eight samples taken during the black and blue vinyl coating process exceeded the evaluation criteria for mixtures of substances with similar toxicological properties. The concentrations of benzene, methyl-ethyl-ketone, and the mixture of substances as they existed during the time of this evaluation, constitute a health hazard to the workers involved.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Air-sampling; Air-quality-measurement; Coating-materials; Light-metals; Industrial-hygiene; Steel-industry; Air-contaminants; Aromatic-hydrocarbons; Heavy-metals; Alcohols; Solvents; HHE-77-78-466; Region-5; Hazard-Confirmed; Author Keywords: benzene; toluene; xylene; methyl ethyl ketone; methyl isobutyl ketone; isophorone; cyclohexanone; 2-ethoxyethyl acetate; n-butyl alcohol; 2-butoxyethanol; isopropyl alcohol; chromium (Vl)
7429-90-5; 75-01-4; 71-43-2; 108-88-3; 1330-20-7; 78-93-3; 71-50-1; 71-36-3; 111-76-2; 67-63-0; 18540-29-9
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