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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-023-807, Beaufort Air-Sea Equipment Company, Seattle, Washington.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 81-023-807, 1981 Jan; :1-7
Workers exposures to toluene (108883) and rubber (9006046) solvent vapors were surveyed at Beaufort Air-Sea Equipment Company (SIC- 3732) in Seattle, Washington on September 10 and October 8 and 9, 1980. The survey was requested by company management on behalf of an unspecified number of workers. Personal air samples were collected and workers were given medical questionnaires before and after their workshifts. Worker exposures to toluene ranged from 10 to 35 parts per million (ppm) for an 8 hour time weighted average, well below the OSHA standard of 200ppm. Exposure to rubber solvent vapors ranged from 5 to 12ppm; the estimated OSHA standard is 400ppm. None of the workers reported exposure related symptoms after their work shift. Two workers had dry hands, due possibly to direct solvent contact. The authors recommend use of ventilation and protective skin creams, and proper storage of adhesive, solvents and solvent soaked rags.
NIOSH-Author; HETA--81-023-807; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-10; Organic-solvents; Air-sampling; Health-surveys; Industrial-hygiene; Author Keywords: boat building & repairing; toluene; rubber solvent; refined petroleum solvents; rubber life rafts
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