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Walk-through survey report: control of methylene chloride in furniture stripping at Tri-County Furniture Stripping and Refinishing, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Jensen PA; Todd WF
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, ECTB 170-13A, 1990 Jun; :1-52
A walk through survey was made at the Tri-County Furniture Stripping and Refinishing Company (SIC-7641), Cincinnati, Ohio for the purpose of evaluating control methods used to limit employee exposure to methylene-chloride (75092). This facility mixed their own stripping solutions using methylene-chloride, methanol (67561), acetone (67641), xylene (1330207), toluene (108883), and sodium-hydroxide (1310732). Paint was stripped using a dip tank. A heated caustic soda solution dip tank was used on finishes for which methylene- chloride did not work. Workers stripping at the dip tank wore an apron, neoprene gloves and safety glasses. The helper or rinser wore no personal protective equipment while mixing and filling the dip tank with solvents. The workplace was maintained in a neat condition. The primary stripper was exposed to methylene-chloride and methanol above the suggested limits. Neither the general nor the area ventilation provided were adequate. The authors recommend substituting less hazardous materials or improving ventilation and the use of personal protective equipment.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-5; Control-technology; Ventilation-systems; Air-quality-control; Chlorinated-hydrocarbons; Paint-removers; Furniture-repair; Furniture-workers
75-09-2; 67-56-1; 67-64-1; 1330-20-7; 108-88-3; 1310-73-2
Field Studies; Control Technology
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