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Industrial hygiene walk-through survey report on styrene exposure at the AMF-Hatteras Yacht Division Plant, High Point, North Carolina.

Authors
Crandall MS
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, IWS 78-29, 1979 Feb; :1-9
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00179845
Abstract
A walk through survey on styrene (100425) exposure was performed at the AMF-Hatteras Yacht Division facility (SIC-3732) at High Point, North Carolina. There were six production lines, only four of which were in operation. The facility employed about 501 workers in the production of fiberglass reinforced plastic boats. Four major job categories were involved in the lamination process: gel coat application, layup, resin application, and overlayering. There was no formal industrial hygiene program at this facility and no routine measurements of any kind were taken. There was a safety program and a licensed full time nurse. Major chemical exposures included styrene and acetone (67641). The gel coat and resin contained 40 percent styrene. The solvent used for cleanup operations was acetone. Styrene exposure occurred through inhalation of atomized mists from the spray gun, dermal absorption during handling of materials, and inhalation of vapors released during curing processes. The highest atmospheric concentrations of styrene were 96.0 and 98.5 parts per million (ppm), in the superstructure lamination area. The highest acetone concentrations were 17.3 and 17.7ppm found in the small parts layup area. There was a good ventilation system at this facility. The author recommends that this facility be included in a larger cross sectional industrial hygiene study of workers exposed to styrene.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-4; Fiberglass-industry; Organic-solvents; Inhalants; Pulmonary-system; Skin-exposure; Skin-absorption; Acetones; Styrene-resins
CAS No.
100-42-5; 67-64-1
Publication Date
19790221
Document Type
Field Studies; Industry Wide
Fiscal Year
1979
NTIS Accession No.
PB88-224530
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
IWS-78-29
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3732
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NC; OH
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