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Preliminary survey report: plating shop, Braniff Airways, Love Field, Dallas, Texas.
Mortimer VD Jr.
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 106-16a, 1981 Oct; :1-6
An on site visit was made to the Plating Shop of Braniff Airways, Dallas, Texas to evaluate control methods used to protect workers from hazards arising during electroplating processes. Some of these hazards included exposures to cyanide (57125), various acid mists, and toxic metals such as chromium (7440473). The plating shop was a separate room within a building, occupying about 4000 square feet of the area with a 20 foot ceiling height. The shop was well painted and maintained with concrete floors covered with wood slated platforms around the tanks. Local exhaust ventilation was installed on the three hard chrome tanks and some of the pretreatment tanks. There were three cadmium tanks and other tanks including nickel, nickel strike, silver, silver strike, copper, certain acids, rinses, strippers, cleaners and a vapor degreaser. Three platers currently were employed in this shop with 26, 35, and 28 years of experience in the plating industry. Good work practices included draining and rinsing pieces over the plating tanks. Gloves were worn when removing pieces from the acid dip and plating tanks. Workers wore face shields when working around the nitric-acid (7697372) tank. No evaluation of the chrome plating control method could be made because no chrome plating was occurring during this visit. The author concludes that if sufficient plating workload were available for 3 full work days, this facility would be a strong candidate for an in depth study.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-6; Electroplaters; Chrome-plating; Electroplating; Acid-mists
57-12-5; 7440-47-3; 7697-37-2
Field Studies; Control Technology
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