Walk-Through Survey Report at GF Business Equipment, Inc., Youngstown, Oh.
Worker exposures to paint materials were studied at GF Business Equipment, Incorporated (SIC-2542) in Youngstown, Ohio, on December 5, 1978. The company was under consideration for inclusion in a NIOSH study of the health effects of occupational paint materials exposure. The number of employees assigned to the painting operations at this facility ranged from 50 to 100, depending on the season. The company had a safety and industrial hygiene program. Medical services were furnished by a part-time physician and five nurses. Personnel records provided demographic information, department assignments, and seniority listings. Approximately 6,000 gallons of paint were used per week, consisting of enamels, polyester vinyls, amino alkyds, and acrylic/epoxies. There were about 24 paint booths used during painting operations and all were of the water wall type with exhaust vented to the outside. The authors conclude that this work force should be considered for inclusion in the painting hazards survey due to the large numbers of painters and the high paint use.
NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Maryland