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Industrial hygiene walk-through survey report of General Motors Corporation, Fisher Guide Division, Monroe, Louisiana.

Authors
McCammon CS; Krishnan ER; Goodman RJ
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, IWS 157-24, 1987 Aug; :1-12
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NIOSHTIC No.
00173103
Abstract
A walk through industrial hygiene survey was conducted at the General Motors Corporation (SIC-3647, SIC-2851, SIC-2891) Fisher Guide manufacturing facility located in Monroe, Louisiana. The investigation centered on possible exposure to acrylates or methacrylates during the manufacture of adhesive sealed, flame sealed or composite headlamps. Methacrylate based adhesives and acrylated coatings have been used at this facility since 1981. Both the adhesives and coatings were cured by ultraviolet radiation. Ninety four employees had potential contact with acrylates or methacrylates during the application of adhesives and coatings. Adhesives were used for sealing the lens/reflector area and the bulb location of the terminal area. Base coats were applied to the composite headlamps to provide an adhering surface for the aluminized coating. Top coats were applied as a protective coating for the aluminum coating. Two cases of chemical dermatitis have been reported at the facility since 1981 due to skin contact with acrylates/methacrylates. When an automated system was used to apply adhesive materials during headlamp assembly, there was a lower potential for employee exposure to the hazardous chemicals. The authors recommend that the company move toward complete automation of this part of the production process. Levels of butyl-acetate (123864) should be checked as there was a strong smell of this chemical in part of the production line.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-157-24; Region-6; Adhesive-bonding; Inhalants; Skin-exposure; Allergic-reactions; Skin-irritants
CAS No.
123-86-4
Publication Date
19870817
Document Type
Field Studies; Industry Wide
Fiscal Year
1987
NTIS Accession No.
PB88-126107
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
IWS-157-24
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3647; 2851; 2891
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
LA; OH
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