HHE Report No. HETA-85-083-1705, Summit Finishing Company, Inc., Mooresville, Indiana.
NIOSH 1986 Jun; :1-22
A representative of the United Steelworkers of America requested an evaluation at the Summit Finishing Company, Inc. (SIC-3471), Mooresville, Indiana, of employee exposures to chemicals used in electroplating operations. At the time of the study there were 67 employees, about 26 of whom were involved directly in the production operations. Airborne concentrations of perchloroethylene (127184) did not exceed OSHA standards, but they did exceed the NIOSH recommended exposure level on both a ceiling and time weighted average basis. Environmental samples collected for cyanides, inorganic acids, metals, and formaldehyde (50000) were below their respective evaluation criteria at the time of the survey. The authors conclude that a potential health hazard existed from exposures to perchloroethlyene. A significant number of employees reported acute mucous membrane irritation. The authors recommend that local exhaust ventilation be installed at the perchloroethylene tank used for the reflow operation. Local exhaust ventilation systems should be periodically evaluated for effectiveness. Employees should be provided with a properly selected and fitted respirator. Face shields, chemical goggles, splash aprons, arm coverings, gloves, and boots should be readily available. Employees should be encouraged to use work practices which minimize the risk of exposure at all times. Proper personal hygiene procedures should be stressed.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-85-083-1705; Region-5; Electroplaters; Ethylenes; Hazard-Confirmed; Mucous-membranes
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-85-083-1705, 22 pages, 6 references