HHE Report No. HHE-79-012-809, Powers-Fiat Corporation, Monroe, Ohio.
NIOSH 1981 Feb:32 pages
Area samples were analyzed and employees were given medical evaluations at Powers-Fiat Corporation (SIC-3079) in Monroe, Ohio on six occasions between November 11, 1978 and January 2, 1980. The evaluation was performed in response to a request from Local 8707 of the United Steelworkers of America, for a health hazard evaluation of worker exposure to ketones and acrylic resins during the manufacture of fibrous glass reinforced plastic tubs and showers. Sampling for a variety of chemicals showed that none of the chemicals tested exceeded the recommended OSHA standards. Methyl- ethyl-ketone-peroxide (1338234) (MEKP) was the primary contaminant to which workers were exposed. Values obtained at sampling ranged from 0.11 to 0.17 parts per million (ppm); the recommended standard for MEKP by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists is 0.2ppm. Pulmonary function tests of 30 workers were usually normal before and after shifts, with only 5 workers showing significant decreases in function over the shift. Predominant symptoms were nose and throat irritation, headaches, dizziness and breathing problems. One worker had a hyperreactivity to toluene- diisocyanate (26471625). The authors conclude that even though the chemicals tested were below the recommended standards, hazards may exist due to possible additive or synergistic action from combined chemical exposures. Recommendations to prevent overexposure to MEKP include improved work practices, use of protective equipment such as gloves, face shields and respirators, provision of resin removing creams and eyewash fountains for cleanup, and provision of an education program for employees.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-79-012-809; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Air-sampling; Health-surveys; Plastics; Worker-health; Industrial-hygiene;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 32 pages, 19 references