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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-90-021-L2055, Superior Manufacturing, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Seitz-T; Kennedy-E; Gagnon-Y
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 90-021-L2055, 1990 Jul; :1-11
In response to a request, a visit was made to the Superior Manufacturing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio to evaluate possible hazardous working conditions at that site. Superior Manufacturing produced accessory items for the waterbed industry. The primary product was padded waterbed rails constructed of Microboard, a particle board product containing 85 to 93% wood and 5 to 15% urea- formaldehyde (9011056) resin solids. The evaluation indicated a need for improved local exhaust ventilation to reduce the levels of particulate materials generated during cutting and milling operations. The particle board contained soft woods, hard woods and western red cedar. The concentration of total particulate material in personal breathing zone air ranged from 0.8mg/m3 to 6.7mg/m3. Vapor phase formaldehyde (50000) concentrations ranged from 0.06 to exposures be reduced to the lowest feasible level. The authors conclude that there was a hazard from exposure to total particulate material and formaldehyde. The authors recommend measures to reduce the levels of particulate materials as well as for reducing the generation of dust when the bags are changed, reducing formaldehyde levels in the glue room, cleaning clothing or equipment without generating additional airborne dusts, prohibiting smoking, use of personal protective equipment, and the establishment of exposure monitoring practices.
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