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Walk-through survey report of General Dynamics, Fort Worth, Texas.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, IWS 134-15, 1986 Aug; :1-21
A walk through survey was conducted to evaluate painters' exposures to glycol ethers at the General Dynamics military aircraft manufacturing facility (3721), Fort Worth, Texas. Personal breathing zone exposures to airborne 2-ethoxyethyl-acetate (111159) (2-EEA) averaged 1.30 parts per million (ppm). The highest individual exposure was 6ppm. The current OSHA standard is 100ppm. Results of two surveys of major painting areas indicated that painters' exposures to 2-EEA ranged from 0.48 to 2.8ppm, from 0.1 to 7.49ppm, and from 1.5 to 12.1ppm in the three areas. Due to the use of respiratory protection by many of the painters, actual inhalation exposures were undoubtedly much lower than the breathing zone measurements. Some exposure may have been incurred through skin absorption. The authors recommend that an additional industrial hygiene survey, including urine monitoring and air monitoring should be carried out in order to obtain a better estimate of total exposure to 2-EEA. It is also recommended that a more consistent use of personal protective clothing be instituted to avoid skin contact with the glycol ethers and other solvents used in the painting area.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-6; Organic-solvents; Paints; Paint-shops; Skin-exposure; Respiratory-protective-equipment
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