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In-Depth Industrial Hygiene Survey Report on Styrene Exposure at the AMF Hatteras Yacht Division Plant High Point, North Carolina.
NIOSH 1980 Jan:42 pages
An industrial hygiene survey was conducted in a fiberglass reinforced plastic yacht industry (SIC-3732) to evaluate worker exposure to styrene (100425) vapor. The workplace, job types, and production processes were evaluated. Personal and area air samples were collected and analyzed for styrene and acetone (67641). OSHA 8 hour time weighed average (TWA) standards for styrene and acetone are 100 and 1,000 parts per million (ppm), respectively. Average personal styrene and acetone concentrations were 65.5 and 59.0ppm respectively; average area concentrations were 15 and 28ppm, respectively. Some personal styrene samples exceeded the OSHA standard, but all acetone measurements were below the OSHA limit. The ventilation systems were not operating properly. The authors recommend that the ventilation system be properly maintained and operated at a speed commensurate with the concentration of airborne solvent vapors. Local fans should be installed, and protective gloves and respirators should be used.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS; Region-4; Boat-building-and-repairing; Synthetic-resins; Shipyard-workers; Air-monitoring; Sampling-methods; Chemical-exposure; Exposure-limits; Industrial-hygiene;
Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 42 pages, 4 references
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division