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Health hazard evaluation report: HHE-80-68-871, Sinclair Paint Company, Los Angeles, California.
Belanger PL; Coye MJ
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 80-68-871, 1981 May; :1-10
Environmental and personal samples were analyzed for vinyl-acetate (108054), ethyl-acrylate (140885), and butyl-acrylate (141322), and medical interviews were conducted with three workers at the Sinclair Paint Company (SIC-2851) in Los Angeles, California on March 3, and June 18 and 19, 1980. An unidentified employee requested the evaluation on behalf of two resin workers. Ethyl-acrylate concentrations ranged from below the limits of detection to 5.8 parts per million (ppm), below the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal-OSHA) standard of 25ppm. All but one sample for butyl-acetate were below the limit of detection; the one measurable sample contained 0.92ppm, which was below the Cal-OSHA standard of 10ppm. None of the vinyl-acetate samples exceeded the Cal-OSHA standard of 10ppm. Medical interviews revealed symptoms including decreased appetite, irritability, headache, and eye and upper respiratory tract irritation. The authors conclude that no health hazard from vinyl-acetate, ethyl-acrylate, or butyl-acrylate existed at this facility. They recommend the implementation of control measures to reduce exposures occurring during paint batch mixing, environmental air monitoring of the reactor vessels, and periodic respiratory testing of resin department workers.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-68-871; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-9; Air-sampling; Health-surveys; Paint-industry; Industrial-hygiene; Author Keywords: Paints, Varnishes, Lacquers, Enamels, and Allied Products; Polyvinyl Acetate Emulsion Manufacturing; Latex Paint Manufacturing; Vinyl Acetate; Ethyl Acrylate; Butyl Acrylate
108-05-4; 140-88-5; 141-32-2
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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