HHE Report, No. HETA-80-144-1109, Film Processing Industry, Hollywood, California.
NIOSH 1982 May:31 pages
Personal and area air samples were collected in two film laboratories (SIC-7819) in Hollywood, California for formaldehyde (50000), acetic-acid (64197), and organic solvents. Evaluation was requested by the Film Technicians Local No. 683 and was performed in 1980 and 1981. A medical questionnaire was distributed. Formaldehyde concentrations were below California/OSHA standards of 2 parts per million in one laboratory. Acetic-acid was under the limit of detection of 0.05 milligrams. In the second laboratory, organic vapor and acetic-acid were below evaluation criteria except for methyl-chloroform (71556) which showed one area sample concentration of 4431 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3) (NIOSH standard is 1900mg/m3) but this was not an area where employees were normally exposed. Formaldehyde concentrations in this laboratory occasionally exceeded evaluation standards 5 fold. Symptoms reported were: persistent irritant contact dermatitis; eye and upper respiratory irritation; transient defatting dermatitis; and anesthetic effects on fingers. The group exposed to final products reported irritation to eyes and upper respiratory system. The bleach accelerator process produced severe dermatitis in a high proportion of workers; organic solvents and residual formaldehyde in final products produced milder symptoms. The authors conclude that employees are overexposed only to formaldehyde at one laboratory.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Skin-absorption; Dermatitis; Solvents; Photographic-equipment; HETA-80-144-1109; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-9;
50-00-0; 64-19-7; 71-55-6;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 31 pages, 11 references