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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-86-121-1923, Modern Plating Corporation, Freeport, Illinois.

Daniels WJ; Orris P; Kramkowski R; Almaguer 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, HETA 86-121-1923, 1988 Sep; :1-23
In response to a confidential request, a study was made of possible hazardous working conditions at the Modern Plating Company (SIC- 3471), located in Freeport, Illinois. This company provided electroplating services for a variety of customers who require specialized plating for their products. At the time of the study the company employed 87 salaried and hourly staff. Prior to electroplating the surface of the workpiece was cleaned using solvent, acid, and alkaline materials. While several employees complained of episodic mucous membrane irritation, there were no chronic work related health effects or nasal perforations noted. Symptoms were often linked to the addition of new acid to the plating baths in areas in which employees were working when the local exhaust ventilation did not function properly. Environmental sampling for cyanides and inorganic acids were all below their respective evaluation criteria. Electroplaters were exposed to cadmium (7440439), chromium (VI) (7440473), and nickel (7440020) in both personal and area samples. The authors recommend that the current ventilation system be evaluated for major deficiencies which adversely affected the performance of the overall system, that local exhaust ventilation systems be evaluated periodically, that employees be provided with a properly selected and fitted respirator, that face shields and other personal protective equipment be provided and used, that better work practices be insisted upon at the site, that improved personal hygiene procedures be stressed, and that nonroutine operations such as those performed by the laboratory technician be evaluated for exposure potentials.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Region-5; HETA-86-121-1923; Hazard-Confirmed; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Electroplaters; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Metal-dusts; Metal-fumes; Carcinogens; Metallic-poisoning; Organic-solvents; Chlorinated-hydrocarbons; Author Keywords: Electroplating; Metal Cleaning; Trichloroethylene; Metals; Cadmium; Chromium (VI); Nickel; Cyanide; Inorganic Acids
7440-43-9; 7440-47-3; 7440-02-0
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