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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-008-1226, Arts Consortium, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Authors
Johnson-PL
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 82-008-1226, 1982 Nov; :1-7
NIOSHTIC No.
00127573
Abstract
Solvent vapor exposures were investigated on November 5 and l0, 1981 at the Arts Consortium (SIC-2752) in Cincinnati, Ohio. Twelve full time and 18 part time employees requested the evaluation. The solvent based cleaner, Quick Wash 104, was analyzed; personal and area air samples were tested for methylene-chloride (75092), and naphthas (8030306). Work practices were observed, and workers were interviewed concerning medical complaints. Quick Wash 104 contained 4 percent methylene-chloride and more than 40 percent aromatic naphthas. Airborne methylene-chloride concentrations ranged up to 36.9 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3), well below the NIOSH standard of 261mg/m3. Total area and personal area naphthas concentrations ranged from 7.3 to 229 and 94 to 258mg/m3, respectively. No applicable exposure limit exists for naphthas; however, the measured concentrations were considered excessive. Solvent containers had safety precaution labels, but workers did not follow instructions. Symptoms included headaches, lightheadedness, dizziness, and skin irritation. The author concludes that the conditions under which the solvent is used creates a health hazard. He recommends product labeling, worker training, protective clothing, and ventilation in rooms where solvent is present.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Solvents; Work-practices; Office-workers; Air-sampling; HETA-82-008-1226; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-5; Author Keywords: Commercial Printing, Lithography; Methylene Chloride; Naphthas; Offset Printing
CAS No.
75-09-2; 8030-30-6
Publication Date
19821101
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1983
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-172824
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-82-008-1226
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2752
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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