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Industrial hygiene in-depth survey report at General Motors, Fisher Body Division, Central Engineering Facility, Warren, Michigan.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, IWS 126-11, 1982 May; :1-30
An on site visit was made to the General Motors, Fisher Body Division (SIC-3711) (SIC-2499) at the Central Engineering Facility in Warren, Michigan, for the purpose of characterizing occupational exposures of model and pattern makers within the wood model shops. The model shop areas were built in 1954 and comprise 104,500 square feet. There were approximately 536 workers involved in the production of die models used in the manufacture of certain parts comprising an automobile. Most die models were made of an impregnated captivo wood. Other woods used included pine, bass, jelutong, plywood lavan and mahogany. Workers also used many adhesive systems, plastics, paints and lacquers. The model makers used a variety of wood machine tools both stationary and hand held to complete the models. Of all the samples taken, only one of the total dust samples exceeded the recommended level of 15mg/m3 for nuisance dust. Eight of the 64 total dust samples exceeded the 1mg/m3 limit value for hard woods as proposed by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists. None of the other samples for organic contaminants or nitrosamines revealed any excessive exposures. The author recommends measures to reduce what limited exposures did exist.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-5; Wood-dusts; Dust-control; Airborne-dusts; Woodworkers; Woodworking-industry; Woodworking-equipment
Field Studies; Industry Wide
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