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Walk-Through Survey Report at General American Transportation (GATX), Sharon, Pennsylvania.
Billings-CE; Matanoski-GM; Tepper-BS
NIOSH 1979 Sep:7 pages
Worker exposures to paint materials were determined at General American Transportation (SIC-3537) in Sharon, Pennsylvania on November 21, 1978. The company was under consideration for inclusion in a NIOSH study of the hazards associated with spray painting. Approximately 36 of the employees were assigned to the painting operations that were surveyed. The company had no formal safety and industrial hygiene program. Medical services were provided by an inhouse first aid station staffed by three nurses. Approximately 125,000 gallons of exterior paint, containing alkyd resins, aliphatic petroleum distillates, toluene (108883), aliphatic- alcohol, and lead (7439921), was used each year. About 10,000 gallons of interior paint was used each year. Polyurethane (68400679) foam, used as exterior insulation, was also processed as this facility. Typical paint thinner used was composed of butyl- cellosolve (111762), butyl-alcohol (71363), ethyl-alcohol (64175), and toluene. The authors conclude that this work force should be considered for inclusion in the painting hazards survey.
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-77-0096; Health-surveys; Coloring-materials; Industrial-hygiene; Epidemiology;
108-88-3; 7439-92-1; 68400-67-9; 111-76-2; 71-36-3; 64-17-5;
NTIS Accession No.
The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 7 pages
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