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Industrial hygiene walk-through survey report of Industrial Heating and Finishing Co., Inc., Pelham, Alabama, report no. IWS-157-22.
McCammon-CS Jr.; Krishnan-ER; Goodman-RJ
NIOSH 1987 May; :1-15
In an effort to gather information on the potential occupational exposures to acrylates or methacrylates, a walk through survey was conducted at the Industrial Heating and Finishing Facility (SIC- 3479, SIC-2851) in Pelham, Alabama. At this facility, finishing systems were processed for wood, plastic, glass and metal substrates. Acrylic coatings have been used there since 1982. Coatings were blended at this site with catalysts, solvents and photoinitiators to prepare the needed sprays. Current OSHA standards for exposure for an 8 hour work shift of a 40 hour work week were 25, 10 and 100 parts per million (ppm) for ethyl-acrylate (140885), methyl-acrylate (96333), and methyl-methacrylate (80626), respectively. At the site, the company used a spray booth and an ultraviolet curing unit connected by a conveyor system to demonstrate spray coat applications on three dimensional objects to potential clients. During these demonstrations the spraying was done by hand. However, during normal operations, an automated spraying system was incorporated. The spraying was done in a separate room which was equipped with a ventilation system. Two of the 50 employees at the facility were involved in the spray applications. The facility did not have an industrial hygiene program, but material safety data sheets were posted in areas where the materials were used. There have been no health problems reported at this location.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-157-22; Region-4; Plastics-industry; Acrylic-fibers; Aerosols; Inhalants; Painters
140-88-5; 96-33-3; 80-62-6
Field Studies; Industry Wide
NTIS Accession No.
Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. IWS-157-22, 15 pages, 7 references
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