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Health hazard evaluation report: HHE-80-151-821, Western Electric Company, Westminster, Colorado.
Gunter BJ; Thoburn TW
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 80-151-821, 1981 Feb; :1-11
Worker exposures to soldering flux fumes were surveyed at Western Electric Company (SIC-3661) in Westminster, Colorado on August 27, 1980. The evaluation was requested by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 2300, in Denver, Colorado on behalf of 17 employees. Breathing zone and general air samples were collected along with bulk samples of the flex boards, soldering flux and wipe samples. Workers were questioned about work related health problems. All exposures to isopropyl-alcohol (67630) and fluoride (7782414) were below the respective OSHA standards of 980 and 2.5 milligrams per cubic meter. Twelve of the worker reported at least occasional adverse reactions to the soldering fumes, including eye irritation, headache, nausea, breathing problems and sore throats. Flex boards emitted more fumes than hard boards and required more touch up soldering. The authors conclude that a hazard exists due to exposure to soldering flux fumes. They recommend ventilation improvements, periodic air monitoring, and prohibition of smoking, eating and drinking in the work area.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-151-821; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Region-8; Health-surveys; Air-sampling; Industrial-hygiene; Solderers; Author Keywords: Telephone and Telegrapth Apparatus; Soldering flux; Isopropyl alcohol; Fluoride
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