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HHE determination report no. HHE-80-43-679, Procraft, Spokane, Washington.
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 80-43-679, 1980 Apr; :1-6
Personal air samples were collected on December 4 and 5, 1979, to determine if a health hazard existed during the installation of plastic laminates to kitchen and bathroom counter tops at Procraft contractors (SIC-2434) in Spokane, Washington. The evaluation was requested by the company owner who reported behavioral changes following exposure to the installation process. Based on time weighted average determinations, exposures to the vapors of a solvent containing acetone (67641), methyl-ethyl-ketone (78933), naphtha (8030306) and toluene (108883) were well above recommended exposure limits. The author concludes that the solvent vapors pose a health hazard. The author recommends the continued wearing of a respirator, use of protective rubber gloves, and provision of fresh air through open windows and doors.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-43-679; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Region-10; Plastics; Laminates; Organic-solvents; Gases; Toxicity; Occupational-exposure; Protective-equipment; Ventilation; Protective-clothing; Author Keywords: Acetone; Methyl Ethyl Ketone; Naphtha; Toluene; Irritability; Violence; Suicidal Behavior
67-64-1; 78-93-3; 8030-30-6; 108-88-3
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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