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Industrial hygiene report, walk-through survey of toluene at 3M Company in Los Angeles, California.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, IWS 103-14, 1978 Nov; :1-18
Worker exposure to toluene (108883) was assessed at the 3M Company (SIC-2891), in Los Angeles, California, on October 26, 1978. The company was under consideration for inclusion in a NIOSH study of the mortality of toluene exposed workers. The company employed an industrial hygiene staff with a physician on call. Fifty seven workers were employed, 22 of which had actual or potential exposure to toluene. A threshold limit value (TLV) sniffer was used for environmental sampling in conjunction with Draeger toluene detector tubes and mylar grab sample bags. Toluene concentrations of 30 to 90 parts per million (ppm) were recorded in the adhesive mixing room. Total hydrocarbon concentrations of 25 and 45ppm, with an excursion up to 200ppm, were measured near the filling operation. The grab samples contained 0.8ppm toluene. A toluene concentration of 0.75ppm was observed in the grab bag samples near the mineral spirits tank. TLV sniffer samples in other operational areas ranged from 3 to 60ppm. The author concludes that the inclusion of this facility in a detailed industrial hygiene survey is questionable.
NIOSH-Contract; Region-9; Organic-solvents; Occupational-exposure; Mortality-rates; Industrial-hygiene; Threshold-limit-values; Air-sampling; Workplace-studies
Field Studies; Industry Wide; Final Contract Report
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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