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Walk-through survey report: control of methylene chloride in furniture stripping at Colonial Furniture Stripping, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Jensen PA; Fairfield CL; 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 170-14A, 1990 Jun; :1-25
A walk through survey was made at Colonial Furniture Stripping (SIC- 7641), Cincinnati, Ohio for the purpose of determining employee exposure to methylene-chloride (75092) during furniture stripping operations and evaluating control methods used at this site to limit this exposure. This particular site was chosen because it used a ventilation system on the dip tank. The owner was the only employee. The building used by this firm was not designed to include a furniture stripping operation. Air movement was less than adequate. Smoke tests on the ventilation system indicated its velocity was very low. Some of the openings were partially plugged. Results indicated that there was potential for significant exposure to methylene-chloride. The authors suggest that substitute products be considered which would not be as hazardous. Better ventilation systems and a better location of ventilation fans are advised. The proper use of personal protective equipment are also discussed including eye protection which was not used at this site. It is stressed that an employee education program would be helpful.
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