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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-86-004-1740, Industrial Precision, Inc., Westfield, Massachusetts.

Authors
McManus-KP
Source
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 86-004-1740, 1986 Oct; :1-9
NIOSHTIC No.
00166574
Abstract
An evaluation of exposures to n-hexane (110543) in the lapping room at Industrial Precision, Inc. (SIC-3599), in Westfield, Massachusetts was carried out in response to a request from company officials. In 1983, n-hexane was used in the lapping room; sensorimotor neuropathy which developed in four workers was thought to be associated with exposure to this solvent. The solvent Lacolene was then substituted in an effort to eliminate exposure to n-hexane. A bulk sample of Lacolene contained primarily five to eight carbon aliphatic hydrocarbons with only a small amount of n- hexane present. Personal and area air samples contained approximately 1 part per million (ppm) n-hexane, well below the NIOSH recommended exposure limit (REL) of 100ppm. Total alkanes registered routinely above the action level of 200mg/m3 but below 350 mg/m3, the NIOSH REL. The author concludes that a health hazard for exposure to solvents did not exist at the time of the evaluation. The author recommends that the use of solvents not containing n-hexane be continued and that impervious gloves be worn when immersing parts in the solvent. Medical surveillance is recommended for employees exposed to total alkanes above the action level of 200mg/m3.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HETA-86-004-1740; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-1; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Machine-shop-workers; Machinists; Organic-solvents; Neurotoxic-effects; Sensory-motor-system;
CAS No.
110-54-3
Publication Date
19861001
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1987
NTIS Accession No.
PB87-174181
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-86-004-1740
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3599
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MA; OH
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