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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-86-037-1749, Lamiglas, Woodland, Washington.
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 86-037-1749, 1986 Nov; :1-12
A request was made by the management of Lamiglas (SIC-3949), located in Woodland, Washington, to investigate possible hazards to employees arising out of exposure to solvent vapors during the making of fibrous glass and graphite fishing rods. Approximately 50 individuals were employed in the production shop. Personal breathing zone and area air samples were analyzed for acetone (67641), 2-butoxyethanol (111762), butyl-alcohol (71363), cyclohexanol (108930), petroleum distillates, toluene (108883), and xylene (1330207) concentrations. Employee exposure to these substances ranged from 3 to 59 percent of the appropriate evaluation criteria. Local exhaust ventilation was provided where needed. Some cases of dermatitis had resulted in the past from skin contact with high temperature cure epoxy resin and epoxy glue used in rod building. Occasional headaches were reported by the coater, blank washer, silk screener, set up worker, and finisher. Dizziness and lightheadedness were also reported by these workers. In addition, the silk screener experienced some throat and nasal irritation and occasional bleeding due to cleaning materials that are in aerosol form when used. Improved ventilation was recommended for specified areas, along with lowering of temperatures for hand held equipment when possible. All solvent containers are to be clearly labeled and used only under safe conditions. Protective gloves with liners are to be worn. Use of machine rather than hand held knives was recommended for removing cork handles from rods in an effort to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-10; HETA-86-037-1749; Hazard-Confirmed; Organic-solvents; Aerosols; Epoxy-compounds; Sporting-and-athletic-goods; Fiberglass-industry; Author Keywords: Sporting and athletic goods - fishing tackle; acetone; 2 butoxyethanol; N-butyl alcohol; cyclohexanol; epoxy resins; fiberglass; graphite; petroleum distillates; toluene; xylene
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