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Health hazard evaluation determination report: HHE-80-108-705, Corporation of Veritas, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 80-108-705, 1980 Jun; :1-14
An environmental survey was conducted on April 17, 1980 in the paint stripping area at Veritas (SIC-1799) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Management requested the evaluation to determine worker exposure to methylene-chloride (75092) vapors. The breathing zone time weighted average (TWA) exposure at the paint stripping operation ranged from 633 to 1017 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3). At the sanding operation, the operators' TWA was 661mg/m3. Measurements of short term high intensity exposure ranged up to 4,880mg/m3 in the paint stripping operations. Workers reported symptoms of dizziness and tiredness. The OSHA criteria for methylene-chloride exposure is 1,740mg/m3 for an 8 hour time weighted average. The authors conclude that a health hazard from exposure to methylene-chloride exists at this facility. They recommend environmental controls, personal protection and medical surveillance.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-108-705; Region-3; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazard-Confirmed; Special-trade-contractors; Occupational-exposure; Organic-solvents; Inhalation; Paint-removers; Work-environment; Controlled-atmospheres; Author Keywords: Paint Stripping; Methylene Chloride; Dizziness; Tiredness
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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