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