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In-depth survey report: control technology for autobody repair and painting shops at Blue Ash Autobody Shop, Blue Ash, Ohio.
Heitbrink WA; Cooper TC; Edmonds MA; Bryant CJ; Ruch WE
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, ECTB 179-13a, 1993 May; :1-48
A study was undertaken to evaluate the effectiveness of commercially available control methods for reducing hazardous exposures at the Blue Ash Autobody Shop (SIC-7531), Blue Ash, Ohio. The shop employs 11 workers: four doing body work, two painting cars, two performing housekeeping, and three office workers. The shop repaired 20 to 25 cars each week. Air contaminant exposures were reduced by the downdraft spray painting booth which was operated at a flow rate between 7000 and 8000 cubic feet per minute (cfm). The authors conclude that increasing the flow rate to as much as 12,000cfm would result in a further reduction in air contaminants. Dust generated during sanding operations was effectively controlled by the ventilated sanders. The workers did not use the respirators adequately to control exposures. The authors recommend that the shop should comply with the OSHA respiratory standard to prevent problems with respirator use.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-5; Control-technology; Automobile-repair-shops; Spraying-booths; Spray-painting; Personal-protective-equipment; Paint-spraying; Respiratory-protection
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