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Preliminary survey report: control of methylene chloride in furniture stripping at Strip-Ease Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Jensen PA; 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 170-11A, 1990 Oct; :1-18
A study was made to document and evaluate effective techniques for the control of potential health hazards at the Strip Ease Company (SIC-7641), Cincinnati, Ohio. Strip Ease was a furniture stripping company which performed this task in an 800 square foot area. At this facility varnish and lacquer finishes are normally stripped using Kwick Kleen, Paint Remover 125 in either a flow over system or a dip tank. On occasion, pieces are hand stripped to prevent damage to veneers and glued laminates. Paint remover 125 contains about 70% methylene-chloride (75092), 25% methanol (67561), 1% sodium- hydroxide (1310732), and 4% unspecified materials. Paints are normally stripped in one of the caustic tanks. Engineering controls in this operation had no basic design or pattern. Ventilation ducts were provided near the two caustic soak tanks but they had no fans and depended on exhaust air venting from the chimney effect. A small local exhaust ventilation system was noted in the methylene- chloride flow over tank. The concept of collecting heavy methylene- chloride vapors from the bottom of the tank may be valid in concept, but factors interfere with this process to a great degree. The only operation being conducted at the time of the visit was the hand dipping of an old bookcase, for which no personal protective equipment was used.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-5; Control-technology; Chlorinated-hydrocarbons; Furniture-repair; Furniture-workers; Paint-removers; Organic-solvents
75-09-2; 67-56-1; 1310-73-2
Field Studies; Control Technology
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