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An industrial hygiene study of urea formaldehyde foam insulation application activities at Pel Foam Insulation, Inc.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
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 69-11, 1980 Jun; :1-36
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00109429
Abstract
Worker exposures to formaldehyde (50000), furfuryl-alcohol (98000), ammonia (7664417), and respirable dust were determined at Pel Foam Insulation, Incorporated (SIC-1742) in Rockville, Maryland, on September 17 and 18, and December 6, 10, 11, and 12, 1979. The survey was part of a NIOSH industrywide industrial hygiene assessment of thermal insulation manufacturing and application activities. The highest formaldehyde exposures occurred during open bay foam application, where readings of from 1.1 to 2.4 parts per million (ppm) were measured. The OSHA standard specifies an 8 hour time weighted average (TWA) limit for formaldehyde of 3ppm. Furfuryl- alcohol concentrations were below the limit of detection for the sample volumes. No ammonia was detected. The respirable dust concentration while drilling through mortar to inject the insulation was less than the limit of detection for the sample volume. Noise readings were all below NIOSH and OSHA limits. The author recommends use of respirators for appropriate personnel, medical monitoring of exposed workers, and the use of safety glasses or goggles.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-3; Health-surveys; Insulation-industry; Dust-exposure; Air-contamination; Workplace-studies; Worker-health; Industrial-hygiene
CAS No.
50-00-0; 98-00-0; 7664-41-7
Publication Date
19800601
Document Type
Field Studies; Industry Wide
Funding Type
Contract
Fiscal Year
1980
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-109943
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
IWS-69-11; Contract-210-78-0081
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
1742
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MD; OH
Performing Organization
Enviro Control, Inc.
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