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Industrial hygiene walk-through survey report of Lord Corporation Chemical Products Group, Saegertown, Pennsylvania.
McCammon CS; Krishnan ER; Goodman RJ
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 157-10, 1986 Nov; :1-17
In order to determine possible occupational exposure to acrylates or methacrylates at the Saegertown facility of Lord Corporation (SIC- 2851) located in Saegertown, Pennsylvania, a walk through industrial hygiene survey was conducted. Radiation curable coatings are produced at the facility along with oligomers containing multifunctional acrylates. The facility employed 162 workers at the time of the survey. Those involved with possible direct exposure to the chemicals in question included the reactor operator, dispersion equipment operator, manufacturing assistant, material coordinator, process engineering technician, chemist/engineer, and administrative personnel. The Lord Corporation did not conduct air monitoring for multifunctional acrylates because of the greater potential danger from more volatile materials and solvents at this location. Multifunctional acrylate concentration in the urethane room was estimated to be 0.004 parts per million (ppm). Maximum acrylate concentration in the reactor area was estimated to be 0.042ppm. One case of illness due to the use of multifunctional acrylates was reported in the past 2 years. This was due to a spill of a small quantity of radiation curable coating on the shoes of a dispersion equipment operator, and the subsequent development of blisters on the tops of both feet. The authors note that the wearing of spats on shoes may protect against spills when handling acrylates.
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