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Walk-through survey report: control of methylene chloride in furniture stripping at Colonial Furniture Stripping, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Authors
Jensen-PA; Fairfield-CL; Todd-WF
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, CT 170-14A, 1990 Jun; :1-25
NIOSHTIC No.
00194793
Abstract
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.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Control-technology; CT-170-14A; Region-5; Paint-removers; Chlorinated-hydrocarbons; Solvent-vapors; Organic-solvents; Occupational-exposure
CAS No.
75-09-2
Publication Date
19900601
Document Type
Field Studies; Control Technology
Fiscal Year
1990
NTIS Accession No.
PB91-113605
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
CT-170-14A
NIOSH Division
DPSE
SIC Code
7641
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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