HHE Report No. HETA-81-364-1080, General Dynamics Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts.
Wegman-D; Waskie-S; Quinn-M; McManus-K
NIOSH 1982 Mar:9 pages
Worker complaints of eye irritation, burning throat, nasal and sinus congestion, chest tightness and pain, nausea, extreme fatigue, lightheadedness, and severe headaches possibly associated with welding on epoxy paint at the General Dynamics Shipyard (SIC-3731), Quincy, Massachusetts were investigated. Local 5 of the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America requested the study and a walk through survey was conducted on July 6, 1981. The facility employs about 2400 workers. The practice of hot welding repair work on old epoxy coated ships was of specific concern. No hot work was in operation during the walk through and management claimed that the practice of hot work on epoxy paint was not permitted. Although it is not a normal work practice, hot work on epoxy paint has been reported at the shipyard by workers. Epoxy paint fumes are potentially hazardous to exposed workers and could have caused the reported symptoms. The authors conclude that a complete investigation resulting in a toxicity determination could not be performed since full information concerning the complaint was not forthcoming.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-1; Shipyard-workers; Welders; Epoxy-compounds; Respiratory-irritants; Air-sampling; HETA-81-364-1080; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 9 pages, 5 references