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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-84-315-1550, Dr. Vinyl And Associates, Kansas City, Missouri.
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 84-315-1550, 1985 Jan; :1-17
Personal and area air samples were analyzed for methyl-ethyl-ketone (78933), toluene (108883), methyl-isobutyl-ketone (108101), cyclohexane (110827), and xylenes at Doctor Vinyl and Associates (SIC-7531), Kansas City, Missouri in June, 1984. The facility repairs and replaces vinyl components and upholstery in automobiles. The evaluation was requested by the owner/manager because one of the employees was experiencing neurological symptoms that appeared to be work related. None of the measured concentrations of any individual solvent exceeded the evaluation criteria. Since the physiological effects of the solvents were similar, the exposure concentrations of each solvent were combined to assess the overall hazard. The total fractional concentrations of all solvents exceeded unity only once, in a personal sample taken in the mixing room. The author concludes that a health hazard exists at the facility due to overexposure to a combination of several solvents. Vapor emission sources should be minimized by eliminating the source if possible, controlling vapors at the point of emission, providing adequate dilution ventilation, modifying the physical configuration of equipment in the workplace, changing work practices, practicing good housekeeping, and using personal protective equipment.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Automobile-repair-shops; Region-7; Industrial-chemicals; Toxic-vapors; Air-quality-measurement; Organic-vapors; HETA-84-315-1550; Author Keywords: Automotive Repair Shops/Top and Body Repair Shops; Vinyl Dyes; Methyl Ethyl Ketone; Toluene; Methyl Isobutyl Ketone; Cyclohexane; Xylene
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