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Health hazard evaluation, HHE determination report no. HHE-74-111-283, Cook Paint and Varnish Company, North Kansas City, Missouri, April 1976.
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 74-111-283, 1976 Apr; :1-12
Personal and general air samples were taken and employee interviews were completed at Cook Paint and Varnish Company (SIC-2851) in North Kansas City, Missouri on October 23, 1974, May 5, and September 5 and 15, 1975. An authorized representative of the Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades, AFL-CIO requested the evaluation on behalf of 5 affected employees. Particulate samples were collected. Standard analytical methods were used to analyze total dust, respirable dust, stannous-octoate (301100), and chromic-oxide (1308389). Trimellitic-anhydride (552307) (TMA) samples were analyzed by rapid esterification gas chromatography. Past occupational history and illness were reviewed. Physical examination revealed eye and nasal irritation, shortness of breath, wheezing and cough, gastric distress, headache, and photophobia. Results of sampling indicated that exposure to chromic-oxide and stannous octoate were less than 40% of the OSHA criteria of 1 and 2 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3) respectively. Exposure to TMA ranged from 0.1 to 7.5mg/m3, which exceeded the criteria of 0.1mg/m3 suggested by the authors because there are no current NIOSH guidelines or OSHA standards for TMA. Total airborne particulate dusts ranging from 3 to 77mg/m3 exceeded the Threshold Limit Value of 10mg/m3 for total nuisance dusts. The authors conclude that a health hazard exists at this site because workers were exposed to toxic concentrations of particulate matter and TMA. The authors recommend modifications in the ventilation, respiratory program, work hazard education and physical examination programs.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-74-111-283; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Humans; Paint-and-allied-products; Paints; Hazards-Confirmed; Region-6; Air-contaminants; Clinical-symptoms; Control-methods; Author Keywords: total airborne particulate; trimetitic anhydride; TMA; Pipe Clad epoxy paint; respiratory irritation; eye irritation
301-10-0; 1308-38-9; 552-30-7
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