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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-88-294-1974, Boeing Aircraft, Seattle, Washington.
Gunter-BJ; Klincewicz-S; Daniels-WJ
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 88-294-1974, 1989 Jul; :1-44
In response to a request from a representative of the Aerospace Machinists Industrial District Lodge 751, a study was made of possible hazardous working conditions at Boeing Aircraft (SIC-3728), Seattle, Washington. Workers in Building 17-02 were involved in the manufacture of parts for interiors of airplanes. These employees worked with a fiberglass wrap that was impregnated with a phenol/formaldehyde resin and they complained of headaches, nausea, nosebleeds, dizziness, and skin rashes. Personal and area formaldehyde (50000) concentrations were significantly below the limit of detection to a high of 0.073mg/m3. Phenol (108952) ranged from below the detection limit to a high of 1.5mg/m3. In two of four samples, small amounts of antimony (7440360) up to 0.001mg/m3 were detected. Trace quantities of styrene (100425), various C9 through C12 alkanes, and C9 to C10 aromatics were found including trimethylbenzenes, diethylbenzenes, salicylaldehyde (90028) and methanol (67561). Within the particular building where the concern was greatest, workers involved in phenolic resin layup work reported a statistically significant increased number of hand rashes than non layup workers. The authors conclude that although there was an increase prevalence of respiratory tract symptoms and hand rashes among layup workers, no environmental conditions were detected at the time of the survey which would account for the reported health effects. The authors recommend specific measures to further reduce potential exposures.
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