HHE Report No. HETA-87-367-1987, BMY Corporation, A Division of Harsco Corporation, York, Pennsylvania.
NIOSH 1989 Sep:32 pages
In response to a request from the United Steelworkers of America, Local 7687, an evaluation was made of exposure to paint solvents at BMY Corporation, (SIC-3795), York, Pennsylvania. Workers were apparently exposed to paint solvents during the touch up painting of military vehicles in the Final Processing and Small Parts Painting Departments. These workers suffered dryness of the nose and throat, headaches, and sleeplessness as well as menstrual cycle problems. Sampling was performed for 13 organic solvents and all were shown to be below the NIOSH Recommended Exposure Limits. Calculation of the combined exposure still indicated that the results were within the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists Threshold Limit Value for mixtures. Preshift and post shift urine samples were collected from five workers. Blood samples were drawn from 20 workers and tested for immunoglobulin-G (IgG) and immunoglobulin-E (IgE) antibodies to hexamethylene-diisocyanate (822060) (HDI). Three of the employees demonstrated low levels of specific IgG antibodies to HDI, suggesting a past exposure. No specific IgE antibodies were noted. The authors conclude that, while the exposure levels were below the limits allowed, the workers were exposed to several different chemicals which may have contributed to reported symptoms. The authors recommend specific measures to reduce the potential for health effects.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-87-367-1987; Region-3; Hazard-Confirmed; Solvent-vapors; Steelworkers; Painters; Spray-painting; Amines; Isocyanates; Immune-reaction; Menstrual-disorders;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-87-367-1987, 32 pages, 24 references