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Preliminary survey report: Steelcase, Incorporated, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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 108-15a, 1982 Feb; :1-7
An on site visit was made to Steelcase, Incorporated (SIC-2522), Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the purpose of observing the processes involving adhesives, emphasizing the method of application and methods of controlling exposures to workers. Initial investigations focused on the use of adhesives in the manufacture of partitioning panels, chairs, and desks. Each process involved the spraying of solvent borne contact adhesives, both flammable and nonflammable. Solvent vapor concentrations were adequately controlled through the use of ventilation booths. The spray guns were interlocked with the ventilation system. These booths were designed primarily to control the fire hazard present in using a flammable adhesive. There were some applications which are too large and must be carried on outside the booth. Personal protective equipment was not required for every worker but was available if requested. Most employees wore safety shoes and safety glasses. Gloves were worn by those working with adhesives. A preemployment physical was a requirement and periodic examinations were given to those workers who function in a hazardous environment. The author concludes that this company would be a strong candidate for an in depth survey if the furniture industry is selected for a detailed study.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-5; Adhesive-bonding; Sealing-compounds; Furniture-manufacture; Furniture-industry; Organic-solvents; Chlorinated-hydrocarbons; Spraying-booths
Field Studies; Control Technology
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