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Walk-through survey report, T. F. Nugent Incorporated, Rockefeller Plaza, New York, New York.
Matanoski GM; Shott D
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, IWS 74-67, 1980 Apr; :1-6
A walk through survey was conducted at T. F. Nugent Incorporated, New York, New York, to determine the suitability of this site for inclusion in an in depth study of the painting trades. The Nugent shop employed about 18 men in the subbasement area of Rockefeller Center, and was engaged in small paint job maintenance and touch up work for various clients. Many jobs involved surface repair and repainting which requires making the surface smooth, patching any cracks and gouges with plaster, and sealing any marks with enamel before actual painting. While there was no clear indication as to what paint thinner was in use, it seemed certain to contain toluene (108883). There were no engineering controls in the basement headquarters of this shop. All solvents were kept in a separate room with a sprinkler system. No medical records were retained on employees. The authors conclude that, while exposure to the painters is probably low, painting operations here may be considered for in depth sampling as it would be difficult to find a better maintenance painting operation. The highest solvent exposures probably occurred to the paint mixers. This shop appeared to be representative of the type of maintenance painting which union members may do as part of their normal work.
NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; NIOSH-Contract; Region-2; Solvents; Painters; Solvent-vapors; Maintenance-workers
Field Studies; Industry Wide
NTIS Accession No.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NY; MD; OH
The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
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