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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-84-322-1502, Pennsylvania Institute of Taxidermy, Inc., Ebensburg, Pennsylvania.
Kronoveter K; Boiano J
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 84-322-1502, 1984 Sep; :1-15
Breathing zone samples were analyzed for proprietary solvents and styrene (100425) at the Pennsylvania Institute of Taxidermy, Incorporated (SIC-8249), Edensburg, Pennsylvania in June, 1984. Bulk samples were analyzed for asbestos (1332214) and arsenic (7440382). The survey was requested by the President of the Institute to evaluate exposure of the students and instructors to paint solvents and fibrous glass resins. The ventilation system was inspected and work practices were observed. All personal air samples were below the evaluation criteria. Asbestos was not found in any bulk samples, but a small amount of arsenic, 20 parts per million, was found in a dry preservative. The spray paint booths had adequate airflows when exterior doors and windows were kept open. Improper work practices such as eating and drinking in the laboratory, not always directing the spray paint into booths, and getting solvents on hands were observed. The authors conclude that students and instructors at the Institute are not being overexposed to paint solvents and styrene. They recommend improving work practices, not eating, drinking, or smoking in work areas, and using protective gloves, aprons, and goggles.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Painting; Region-3; Solvents; Airborne-dusts; Asbestosis; Asbestos-workers; HETA-84-322-1502
100-42-5; 1332-21-4; 7440-38-2
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
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