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Industrial hygiene walk-through survey report of General Motors Corporation, Fisher Guide Division, Monroe, Louisiana.
McCammon CS; 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 157-24, 1987 Aug; :1-12
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.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-157-24; Region-6; Adhesive-bonding; Inhalants; Skin-exposure; Allergic-reactions; Skin-irritants
Field Studies; Industry Wide
NTIS Accession No.
3647; 2851; 2891
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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