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Health hazard evaluation report: HHE-80-153-881, Palmer Industrial Coatings Incorp. Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
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 80-153-881, 1981 May; :1-24
Environmental and bulk samples were analyzed for acetone (67641), isopropanol (67630), methyl-ethyl-ketone (78933), toluene (108883), xylene (1330207), cellosolve-acetate (111159), trichloroethylene (79016), epichlorohydrin (106898), methyl-isobutyl-ketone (108101), butanol (71363), abrasive blasting materials, and petroleum distillate at Palmer Industrial Coatings, Incorporated (SIC-1799) in Williamsport, Pennsylvania during April and September, 1980. The evaluation was requested by the company's president on behalf of an unspecified number of workers. Of the organic solvents sampled, only epichlorohydrin exceeded the OSHA standard of 19 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/cu m), although a potential hazard to paint sprayers from overexposure from organic solvents was noted. Crystalline silica concentrations in personnel breathing zone air samples exceeded the OSHA standard of 0.11mg/cu m. Health complaints were primarily related to acute reversible central nervous system symptoms, and to eye and skin irritation. The authors conclude that a hazard from organic solvents and silica containing dust exposures existed at this facility. They recommend methods to control exposure to the organic solvents and silica containing dusts, implementation of a medical monitoring program and an environmental air monitoring program.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-153-881; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Region-3; Health-surveys; Industrial-hygiene; Organic-solvents; Air-sampling; Dust-exposure; Author Keywords: Special trade contractor, abrasive blasting, spoxy painting; acetone; isopropanol; MEK; toluene; xylene; cellosolve acetate; trichloroethylene; epichlorohydrin; glycidal ethers of bisphenol A; MIBK; butanol; petroleum distillate; crystalline silica; steel dust; eye irritation; acute central nervous system symptoms
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