Survey Report, Armstrong Cork Company, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Report No. IWS-83-10.
Dement-JM; Robinson-C; Ludwig-HR
NIOSH 1977 Sep:4 pages
The Armstrong Cork Company (SIC-3292), Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was investigated by NIOSH on May 11, 1977. The survey was conducted to assess potential health hazards and medical problems. There were approximately 2,800 employees at the factory; the majority were production workers. The survey was limited to the finishing department and one tile department, for a total of about 120 workers. Methylene-bis-4-cyclohexylisocyanate (5124301) was used as a coating compound. There were 8 to 12 cases of dermatitis reported in a given year. No cases of isocyanate sensitization were reported. No emergency spill procedures were posted in any of the finishing areas. No medical monitoring was provided to workers in this area. The corporate industrial hygienist indicated that isocyanate concentrations were less than 0.02 part per million. Ventilation for the coater process was extremely poor. No protective clothing was worn by workers handling the coated tiles. Odors were especially strong. In the tile department, solvents containing methylene-chloride (75092), trichloroethylene (79016), methyl-ethyl-ketone (78933), and 1,1,1-trichloroethane (71556) were used. Open buckets of solvent were observed, and no protective clothing or respiratory protection was required. NIOSH recommends that ventilation on the coater and heating kettle be improved. It also suggests that emergency spill cleanup procedures be posted and all solvent containers be covered. All provisions in the NIOSH Diisocyanate Criteria Document should be followed, including those for medical examinations.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-study; Health-hazards; Industrial-safety; Occupational-hazards; Safety-research; Fumes; Allergic-reactions; Environmental-exposure; Environmental-hazards; IWS-83-10; Region-3;
5124-30-1; 75-09-2; 79-01-6; 78-93-3; 71-55-6;
NTIS Accession No.
Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Survey Report No. IWS-83-10, 4 pages