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Preliminary control technology assessment of Electro-Coatings, Inc., Houston, Texas.

Spottswood S
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 106-14a, 1981 Apr; :1-6
A visit was made to Electro-Coating, Inc., Houston, Texas to evaluate control methods to limit employee exposures to hazardous substances. This company was a combined plating operation and machine shop located in separate facilities. The plating shop was engaged primarily in hard chrome plating of oil field drilling equipment and printing equipment. Most of the parts to be plated were received at the facility with freshly machined surfaces. When the pieces have acquired the required chrome thickness, they were removed from the plating tank and dipped in a cold water rinse. Local exhaust ventilation was used at each plating tank. The exhaust ducts from each tank entered a large duct located outside the building. Eleven persons were employed at the firm, each engaged in plating operations. Workers were supplied with protective gloves and aprons. A barrier cream was also used. Respirators were not used, but a self contained breathing apparatus was available for maintenance and emergency use. An emergency shower was located at the end of the facility. No regular environmental sampling was carried out. The author concludes that the hazards seem to be well controlled, and management was concerned with safety and worker protection. All plating tanks were well controlled with the exception of one tank with a corroded hood. Good capture velocities were noted at tank surfaces. The author highly recommends the inclusion of this facility in a detailed study.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-6; Electroplaters; Chrome-plating; Electroplating; Ventilation-systems
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