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Control technology assessment of chemical processes. preliminary survey report for the site visit of December 7, 1981, DuPont Company, Fabrics and Finishes Division, Chicago, Illinois.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, ECTB 101-14a, 1982 May; :1-14
A preliminary survey was made of techniques used to control worker exposure to hazardous substances at the DuPont Company, Fabrics and Finishes Division, Chicago, Illinois. The facility produced alkyd resins which were sent to other firms for compounding into paints. The only facet of the company's operation of interest to this survey was the process used to make acrylic emulsion coating for copper wires. Acrylonitrile (107131) was used for formulating this coating. Workers wore airline respirators when performing certain tasks along with neoprene or butyl rubber gloves to prevent dermal exposure. Attempts had been made some time previously to replace acrylonitrile with another substance, but this new substance was not able to produce the end product with the desired properties. Operators at the facility were trained for each operation or task they will be performing with attention given not only to job procedures, but also to the modes of releasing chemical substances and their potential hazards. Training material was documented for each job classification. Monitoring for organic vapors was done using a DuPont personal dosimeter. The facility was found to have a very effective work practices program.
NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; NIOSH-Contract; Region-5; Paint-manufacturing-industry; Acrylics; Nitriles; Personal-protective-equipment
Field Studies; Control Technology
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