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HHE determination report no. HHE-79-96-729, Protective Coatings Corporation, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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 79-96-729, 1980 Aug; :1-17
Personal breathing zone and general area air samples for toluene (108883), xylene (1330207), methyl-ethyl-ketone (78933) (MEK), methyl-isobutyl-ketone (108101) (MIBK), trichloroethylene (79016), tetrachloroethylene (127184), crystalline-silica (7631869) and particulates were collected, and medical interviews were conducted at Protection Coating Corporation (SIC-3060) in Fort Wayne, Indiana on June 8, July 31, and August 1, 1979. An evaluation request came from a representative of the Allied Industrial Workers Union on behalf of an unspecified number of workers. Some employees were exposed to concentrations of xylene, toluene, and crystalline-silica organic compounds that exceeded the recommended limits of 100 parts per million (ppm) for xylene, 100 ppm for toluene, and 0.05 milligrams per cubic meter of silica. Exposures to MEK, MIBK, trichloroethylene and tetrachloroethylene were well below the recommended criteria. Workers commonly reported shortness of breath, cough, headache, mucous membrane and eye irritation, and light headedness. The author concludes that a health hazard existed due to overexposure to xylene, toluene and respirable crystalline silica. He recommends numerous measures to reduce personal exposures and improve operating conditions.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-79-96-729; Region-5; Hazard-Confirmed; Health-surveys; Air-sampling; Coatings; Worker-health; Industrial-hygiene; Safety-measures; Author Keywords: toluene; xylene; methyl ethyl ketone; MEK; methyl isobutyl ketone; MIBK; trichloroethylene; tetrachloroethylene; crystalline silica; particulate; cough; headaches
108-88-3; 1330-20-7; 78-93-3; 108-10-1; 79-01-6; 127-18-4; 7631-86-9
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