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In-depth survey report: control of methylene chloride in furniture stripping at Tri-County Furniture Stripping and Refinishing, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Hall RM; Martinez KF; 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 170-13b, 1992 Jul; :1-67
A study was undertaken to document and evaluate effective techniques for the control of potential health hazards at Tri-County Furniture Stripping and Refinishing (SIC-7641) in Cincinnati, Ohio. The facility was selected for study because of the methylene-chloride (75092) based paint stripper used in the dip tank and the ventilation system which had been installed. The personal air sampling data obtained indicated that the engineering control on the furniture stripping dip tank effectively controlled personal exposures to methylene-chloride to a level of 13 parts per million during stripping. When rinsing was performed at the same time, there was an added effect on exposures to the person doing the work. Exposure while rinsing was greater than while stripping or performing any other task. This was attributed to lack of adequate engineering controls in the rinse area. The authors recommend exposures reduction through personnel education, respiratory protection, ventilation improvement, proper respirator selection, and better work practices.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-5; Organic-solvents; Paint-removers; Furniture-industry; Control-technology; Ventilation-systems; Occupational-exposure
Field Studies; Control Technology
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