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Worker exposure to styrene monomer in the reinforced pastic boat-making industry.
Am Ind Hyg Assoc J 1981 Jul; 42(7):499-502
Employee exposures to styrene (100425) were surveyed in seven reinforced plastic boat companies (SIC-3732). A sampling pump connected to charcoal tubes was used over a 7.5 hour period, and analysis was done by gas chromatography. The hull lamination job category had the highest overall styrene exposure with a composite mean of 77.5 parts per million (ppm), followed by the deck laminators at 67.4ppm, gel coaters at 47.5ppm, and small parts laminators at 44.0ppm. The author suggests that improved ventilation, training in proper work practices, and protective equipment be used to reduce worker styrene exposures.
NIOSH-Author; Plastics; Air-sampling; Shipbuilding-industry; Styrene-resins; Industrial-hygiene; Air-contamination; Monomers
Michael S. Crandall, Industrial Hygiene Section, Industry-Wide Studies Branch, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Center for Disease Control, Cincinnati, OH
Issue of Publication
American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
Page last reviewed: November 6, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division