HHE Report No. HETA-85-107-1841, General Electric Company, Schenectady, New York.
NIOSH 1987 Oct:19 pages
In response to a request from the International Union of Electrical Workers, employee exposure to chemicals and possible work related illnesses and deaths were examined in the wind stand area of Building 273 of the General Electric facility (SIC-3621), Schenectady, New York. In this area of the facility, epoxy resin coatings were applied to surfaces of large steam turbine generator stators twice a year. Review of records and interviews of 19 employees neither supported nor refuted claims of work related disease or death. It was noted that a large number of chemicals were present in the area and that there was poor product labeling on containers. Air samples taken during application of epoxy resin coatings did not reveal the presence of components such as bisphenol- A and its diglycidyl-ether, epichlorohydrin, or organic vapors, with the exception of Propasol-Solvent-P (1569013) which contained propoxypropanol isomers (30136131). Air samples of the last compound ranged from 7.4 to 31.0mg/m3 in each of four breathing zone samples. This chemical was reported to be an irritant and central nervous system depressant, but no exposure limit had been set. The authors conclude that no health hazard exists. They recommend that antifogging chemical splash goggles be worn during the epoxy process in addition to other protective gear already in use. Close monitoring is recommended, particularly in winter when ventilation would be poor. Employees should be encouraged to report illnesses to the company medical director.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HETA-85-107-1841; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-2; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Organic-solvents; Epoxy-resins; Electrical-industry; Personal-protective-equipment; Respiratory-protection;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-85-107-1841, 19 pages, 10 references