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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-85-105-1689, Fibre-Glast Development Corporation, Dayton, Ohio.
Zey JN; Anastas M
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 85-105-1689, 1986 May; :1-26
The Fibre-Glast Development Corporation (SIC-3079) requested an evaluation at their Dayton, Ohio facility concerning potential exposures of 1 or 2 employees during production of fibrous glass repair kits. Air samples were assessed for possible exposures to methylene-chloride (75092), butyl-cellosolve (111762), styrene (100425), general organics, total and respirable particulates and carbon-dioxide (124389). Methylene-chloride concentrations of 443 and 460 were found in 80 minute samples taken during cleaning of a mixer with methylene-chloride. NIOSH recommends that exposures to methylene-chloride should be reduced to the lowest feasible level. Organic vapors including methylene-chloride were migrating into the office area from the production area of the facility. The authors conclude that a health hazard exists for exposure to methylene- chloride. The authors recommend either substitution of a different solvent or the institution of more rigid engineering controls. Airborne concentrations of methylene-chloride in the compounding, repacking, and office areas should be reduced. Employees should wear respiratory protection while working with methylene-chloride. An air compressor located in the mixing room should also be muffled to reduce the extremely high noise level in the area.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-5; Hazard-Confirmed; Organic-solvents; Organic-vapors; Chlorinated-methylenes; Fibrous-glass; HETA-85-105-1689; Author Keywords: Miscellaneous Plastic Products; fibrous glass; methylene chloride; butyl cellosolve; styrene; toluene
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