Walk-Through Survey Report: Control of Methylene Chloride in Furniture Stripping at Colonial Furniture Stripping, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. CT-170-14A.
Jensen-PA; Fairfield-CL; Todd-WF
NIOSH 1990 Jun:25 pages
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.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Control-technology; CT-170-14A; Region-5; Paint-removers; Chlorinated-hydrocarbons; Solvent-vapors; Organic-solvents; Occupational-exposure;
Control Technology; Field Studies;
NTIS Accession No.
Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment; Research Tools and Approaches; Control-technology;
Engineering Control Technology Branch, Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. CT-170-14A, 25 pages, 14 references