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Industrial hygiene walk-through survey report of Universal Woods, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky.
McCammon CS Jr.; 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 157-20, 1987 Apr; :1-17
The potential for exposure to acrylates or methacrylates was investigated during a walk through survey at the Universal Woods facility (SIC-2499, SIC-2851) in Louisville, Kentucky. Thirteen employees have potential contact with acrylates in the wood finishing operations at this location. Depending on the specific end use of the wood product, as many as five coat applications were used during the finishing step. To apply these coats, two reverse roll coaters, a direct roll coater, and two curtain coaters were used. Most of the wood products were dual cured with electron beam followed by ultraviolet light to produce uniform low gloss finishes. The chemicals were warmed to 95 degrees-F to insure adequate flow properties prior to application. No reliable industrial hygiene monitoring data were available for this facility. It was recommended that gloves be mandatory for operators handling top coats, fillers, and adhesives. Gloves providing forearm protection were recommended for workers when pouring/transferring acrylated materials or cleaning the line. Respiratory protection was recommended for all operations involving methylene-chloride (75092). The use of local exhaust ventilation, redesigning certain operations to make use of automatic systems, and further specific areas for study were identified.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-157-20; Region-4; Plastics-industry; Coatings; Woodworkers; Woodworking-industry
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