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An industrial hygiene study of urea formaldehyde foam insulation application activities at Thermoseal of Maryland, Inc.

Authors
Alcarese AA; Reisdorf RP
Source
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 69-14, 1980 May; :1-29
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NIOSHTIC No.
00109862
Abstract
Worker exposures to formaldehyde (50000), furfuryl-alcohol (98000), ammonia (7664417), respirable dust and sound levels were surveyed at Thermoseal of Maryland, Incorporated (SIC-3079) in Laurel, Maryland, from November 26 to 30, 1979, as part of an industrial hygiene survey of thermal insulation manufacturing and application activities. The company employed an unspecified number of workers and had no medical, industrial hygiene or safety programs. Required medical treatment was obtained at the nearest hospital. No physical examinations of employees were given. Respiratory protective devices were not used but rubber gloves were worn by workers during operations. Atmospheric, personal and area samples were collected and sound level readings were obtained. Concentrations of formaldehyde and furfuryl-alcohol ranged from less than 0.03 to 1.3 and 0.012 to 0.23 parts per million (ppm), respectively. Sound levels ranged from 86 to 96 decibels. No concentrations of dust or ammonia were detected. None of the samples exceeded the OSHA standards for formaldehyde or furfuryl-alcohol. The authors recommend the implementation of a respiratory protection program and the use of safety glasses.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Plastic-products; Region-3; Health-surveys; Workplace-studies; Air-contamination; Health-services; Industrial-processes; Control-methods; Occupational-health-programs; Insulation-materials
CAS No.
50-00-0; 98-00-0; 7664-41-7
Publication Date
19800501
Document Type
Field Studies; Industry Wide
Funding Type
Contract
Fiscal Year
1980
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-112855
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
IWS-69-14; Contract-210-78-0081
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3079
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MD; OH
Performing Organization
Enviro Control, Inc.
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