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In-depth survey report: control technology for autobody repair and painting shops at Cincinnati Collision Autobody Shop, Blue Ash, Ohio.
Heitbrink WA; Cooper TC; Edmonds MA
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 179-16a, 1993 Sep; :1-66
A study was made to document and evaluate effective techniques for the control of potential health hazards at the Cincinnati Collision Autobody Shop, (SIC-7532), Blue Ash, Ohio. The facility employed five body repair technicians, three painters, and two general shop personnel along with three office workers. Between 25 and 30 vehicles were painted per week. The down draft spray painting booth and ventilated sanders in use appeared to effectively control air contaminant exposures. Air velocities around the vehicle appeared to be high enough to control most overspray. When the worker aimed the spray gun into the oncoming airflow from the booth, some overspray could be transported back into the breathing zone of the worker. If the vehicle preparation station was used in the exhaust mode for small painting jobs, the air velocities were too low to provide effective air contaminant control. Use of respirators at this shop was inadequate. There appeared to be a general lack of understanding of what proper respirator usage entails. The author recommended that the OSHA respirator standard be implemented.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-5; Control-technology; Spray-painting; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Air-quality-monitoring; Personal-protective-equipment; Automobile-repair-shops
Field Studies; Control Technology
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