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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-84-216-1506, Ackerley Communications, Inc., Stoneham, Massachusettes.

Authors
McManus KP
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 84-216-1506, 1984 Sep; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
00144841
Abstract
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for organic solvents in the paint department of Ackerley Communications, Incorporated (SIC-7312), Stoneham, Massachusetts in March, 1983. The survey was requested by company management and the union to evaluate employee exposure to paint solvents and carbon-monoxide (630080) from motor vehicles garaged in the paint department. Employees had complained of lightheadedness and headaches. Organic solvent concentrations, reported as naphtha (8030306), ranged from 46 to 77 parts per million (ppm). The NIOSH standard for naphtha is 200ppm. One of the samples was analyzed by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry to identify its components. The solvent mixture resembled mineral spirits. Sampling for carbon-monoxide was not conducted as prior to the survey the practice of garaging vehicles in the paint department was stopped. The author concludes that a health hazard due to exposure to mineral spirits in the paint department does not exist. He suggests that employees avoid such practices as leaving open cans in the work area, not turning on exhaust fans, and carelessly disposing of painting materials.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Paint-industry; Region-1; Solvent-extraction; Painting; Petroleum; Paints; HETA-84-216-1506; Author Keywords: Outdoor Advertising Services, Naphtha; Mineral-Spirits; Paint; Advertising; Artists
CAS No.
630-08-0; 8030-30-6
Publication Date
19840901
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1984
NTIS Accession No.
PB85-208544
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
HETA-84-216-1506
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
7312
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MA; OH
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