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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-84-474-1946, Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, Connecticut.

Authors
McManus-KP
Source
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 84-474-1946, 1989 Jan; :1-80
NIOSHTIC No.
00186699
Abstract
In response to a request from the International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades of the United States and Canada, an evaluation was made of possible hazardous working conditions at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation (SIC-3731), Groton, Connecticut. The request concerned the potential for reproductive effects stemming from employee exposure to glycol ethers during submarine construction and refitting operations at this site. About 800 workers were potentially exposed during the application of coatings. The primary solvent in epoxy paints used at this facility was 2-ethoxyethanol (110805) (2-EE). Breathing zone airborne exposures to 2-EE ranged from nondetectable to 84.3mg/m3, with a mean concentration of 9.9mg/m3. Exposures to 2- methoxyethanol (109864) ranged up to 17.2mg/m3. The author concludes that a potential health hazard existed as a result of exposure to 2-EE at the time of the survey. The author recommends that worker exposure to glycol ethers be reduced to the lowest possible extent, that workers possibly exposed to these chemicals be provided with and required to use personal protective equipment, and that a continuous program of biological monitoring and industrial hygiene assessment be instituted for these workers.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-84-474-1946; Region-1; Hazard-Confirmed; Painters; Spray-painting; Air-quality-monitoring; Organic-solvents; Shipyard-workers; Author Keywords: Ship Building and Repairing; Cellosolve; 2-ethoxyethanol; ethylene glycol monoethyl ether; 2-ethoxyacetic acid; reproductive health
CAS No.
110-80-5; 109-86-4
Publication Date
19890101
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1989
NTIS Accession No.
PB89-188098
NTIS Price
A06
Identifying No.
HETA-84-474-1946
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3731
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CT; OH
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