HHE Report No. HETA-91-0341-2380, Bryan Custom Plastics, Bryan, Ohio.
NIOSH 1994 Jan:19 pages
In response to a request from the Allied Industrial Workers Union, an investigation was begun into possible hazardous working conditions at Bryan Custom Plastics (SIC-3089), Bryan, Ohio. The company manufactured plastic television cabinets and interior automotive door panels by an extrusion molding process. Workers in the spray finishing department apply a finish coating of lacquer based paint. There were 32 spray finishers and mixing room employees. Workers complained about headaches and upper respiratory symptoms. Full shift, personal breathing zone and area sampling revealed no excess levels of exposure to total paint mist, toluene (108883), xylene (1330207), ethyl-benzene (100414), methyl- methacrylate (80626), methyl-ethyl-ketone (78933), methyl-isobutyl- ketone (108101), or n-butanol (71363). Carbon-monoxide (630080) concentrations ranged up to 34 and 90 parts per million in the spray finishing areas and quality control areas, respectively. The author concludes that health hazards from exposure to airborne particulates and organic solvents were not found at the time of the survey. There was a potential for overexposures to carbon-monoxide. The author recommends that carbon-monoxide levels be reduced, and work practices improved.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-91-0341-2380; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Plastics-industry; Paint-spraying; Spray-painting; Painters; Plastic-products; Organic-solvents; Solvent-vapors; Toxic-gases;
108-88-3; 1330-20-7; 100-41-4; 80-62-6; 78-93-3; 108-10-1; 71-36-3; 630-08-0;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No HETA-91-0341-2380, 19 pages, 6 references