Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-88-068-2077, Schmidt Cabinet Company, New Salisbury, Indiana.
Newman M; Klein M
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 88-068-2077, 1990 Oct; :1-34
In response to a request from the Schmidt Cabinet Company (SIC- 2434), New Salisbury, Indiana, an investigation was undertaken of the exhaust ventilation system and finishing room exposures. This firm manufactured kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities. Approximately 90 workers were employed at the facility. The cabinets were made from various hard woods, and finished by spraying with a series of stains, sealers, and/or paints. Spraying was done in a spray booth. General area and personal breathing zone air samples were collected, and the ventilation system was evaluated. The authors conclude that a potential hazard existed due to airborne exposure to hexavalent chromium (7440473), formaldehyde (50000) and ethylene-glycol-monobutyl-ether (111762) in the cabinet finishing area. A lack of makeup air, ineffective use of exhaust ventilation systems, and uncontrolled contamination sources were several of the problems causing employee exposure. The authors recommend specific measures to minimize and reduce exposure to hexavalent chromium compounds and formaldehyde, and to improve the ventilation systems at this facility.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-88-068-2077; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Painters; Spraying-booths; Paint-spraying;
Author Keywords: Wood Cabinet Manufacturing; hexavalent chromium; formaldehyde; glycol ethers; solvents; paint spray booths; cabinet making
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