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Walk-through survey report: control of methylene chloride in furniture stripping at Remington House Antiques, Remington, Ohio.
Fairfield CL; Jensen PA
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 170-15, 1991 Jan; :1-16
A study was made to document and evaluate effective techniques for the control of potential health hazards at the Remington House Antiques (SIC-5932) located in Remington, Ohio. This facility was founded in 1980 to buy and sell furniture and other antiques. The employees worked about 1 day a week in refinishing furniture which could be improved by this process. Preschool aged family members were cared for at the antique shop during the day. When the stripping was done outside, the breathing zone or personal samples for both methylene-chloride (75092) and methanol (67561) were below OSHA and ACGIH limits. Methanol exposures were also below the NIOSH recommended exposure levels. Area samples which were taken while stripping indoors showed that there was some build up around the stripping area but none detectable as far away from the stripping location as the next room. The workers used care in their contact with the stripping solution. While hand stripping, an apron and neoprene gloves were worn. Workers usually also wore goggles or some kind of eye protection. The authors recommend that employees should also wear chemical splash goggles as well as protective solvent impermeable gloves, apron, and shoe coverings when working with methylene-chloride. Whenever seepage of methylene-chloride into the glove is observed, the gloves should be discarded. Substitute agents should be considered which do not contain methylene-chloride.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Control-technology; Furniture-industry; Furniture-repair; Paint-removers; Furniture-workers; Solvents; Skin-exposure; Personal-protective-equipment; Region-5
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