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Preliminary survey report: Chrysler Corporation Adhesive Operations: Eldon Axle Plant, Sterling Stamping Plant, Jefferson Ave Assembly Plant.

O'Brien D
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 108-16a, 1982 Jan; :1-9
Visits were made to the Chrysler Corporation Adhesive Operations (SIC-3711) at three locations to observe the processes involving adhesives, emphasizing the method of application and the associated occupational health hazard controls. Specific processes observed included the bonding of friction materials to metal brake shoes using a proprietary thermosetting adhesive, the bonding of inner panels to hood and rear deck lids, and the installation of vinyl tops and sound deadener pads to car bodies. The thermosetting adhesive was a solvent based formulation. Solvents were controlled in the gluing operation by isolation of this process in an enclosed block structure with local exhaust ventilation. No solvent odor was detected at the oven loading or unloading station. Vehicle hoods and rear deck lids were bonded to reinforce inner panels using a polyvinylchloride based structural adhesive. Workers on the assembly line at operations following the installation of sound deadener pads may have been exposed to solvents. The author concludes that potential health hazards at these facilities were well controlled. Due to the physical properties of the adhesive used at the stamping facility, the process was inherently free of hazard. The author recommends that the automotive industry not be considered a candidate for inclusion in an adhesives usage study.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-5; Adhesive-bonding; Sealing-compounds; Organic-solvents; Automotive-industry
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