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Health hazard evaluation determination report: HHE-77-122-695, Goulds Pumps, Inc., Seneca Falls, New York.
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 77-122-695, 1980 Jun; :1-8
An environmental survey was conducted on March 27, 1978 and August 2, 1979 at Goulds' Pumps, Incorporated (SIC-3728) in Seneca Falls, New York. An authorized representative of United Steelworkers of America, Local Number 3298, requested the investigation to evaluate possible hazards from exposure to chemicals contained in liquid resins used in the nonmetallic shop. The March survey revealed the presence of methyl-chloroform (71556), xylene (1330207), and styrene (100425) at concentrations well below OSHA limits of 1,900 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3) for a time weighted average (TWA), 435mg/m3 TWA, and 420mg/m3 TWA respectively. The follow-up survey in August showed air concentrations of styrene ranging from undetectable to 220mg/m3, and of methyl-chloroform ranging from undetectable to 1.8mg/m3. The ventilation system airflow rate of 20,000 cubic feet per minute was adequate to remove vapors generated during the operation. The greatest exposure occurred to the lay up men who worked directly with the resin, but these men were exposed only for about 2.5 hours per day. The authors conclude that no health hazard currently exists but if production increases so that lay up becomes a full time activity this operation should be reevaluated.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-77-122-695; Region-2; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Occupational-exposure; Non-metallic-materials; Vapors; Industrial-equipment; Chemical-properties; Resinoids; Styrene-resins; Organic-solvents; Air-renewal; Author Keywords: Methyl Chloroform; Styrene; Liquid Resins
71-55-6; 1330-20-7; 100-42-5
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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