Walk-Through Survey Report Contract No. 210-77-0096, Gulfstream American Corporation, Savannah, Georgia.
The four major paint shops (light aircraft, small parts, Colar anticorrosive primer, and the Alodine epoxy/phenolic resin paint shop) employing 30 workers at Gulfstream American Corporation (SIC- 2851), Savannah, Georgia were the primary focus of a walk through on July 12 and 13, 1978. The survey was conducted to determine if the site is suitable for inclusion in studies of health hazards in the painting trades. The company's record keeping system, medical program, and industrial hygiene program were examined. The authors recommend that the light aircraft paint shop be included in an industrial hygiene study since the workload is fairly steady, types of paints and peripheral exposures are easily documented, and current control measures result in relatively low exposures of personnel to paint constituents. An epidemiological study is not recommended because the facility is new and the number of painters and the duration of exposures are limited. The authors suggest that this factory be considered during the final selection of aircraft manufacturing facilities for medical studies because of the degree of potential exposure to polyurethane paint.