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Industrial hygiene report in depth survey of Coe Display Inc. 51 West 21st Street, New York, 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, IWS 77-16, 1980 Dec; :1-14
Worker exposure to solvent vapors was determined at Coe Display Incorporated in New York on December 18, 20, and 21, 1978. This facility was included in a NIOSH study to characterize the screen printing industry (SIC-2751). The company employed 14 males in the production area. Solvent exposures were within OSHA standards and NIOSH recommended concentrations for the time weighted average. For short term exposures, OSHA standards were exceeded twice when workers were cleaning the screens, due to toluene (108883) exposure of 148.2 and 124.0 parts per million (ppm). The author suggests that excessive short term high exposure to solvents occurs during screen cleaning and for helper washers. He recommends that workers be educated about solvent hazards, respirators be used and maintained properly, gloves be worn, disposal storage bins be given a self dosing capacity, ink solvent containers be closed when not used, storage bins be routinely emptied and cleaned, spills be cleaned up, workers be exposed to less solvent, the relationship between workers height and work level be optimized and eating and smoking be prohibited near the working area.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-2; Occupational-exposure; Solvent-vapors; Photoengraving; Education; Risk-factors; Protective-equipment
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