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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-91-0341-2380, Bryan Custom Plastics, Bryan, Ohio.
Godby M; Lyman M
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, HETA 91-0341-2380, 1994 Jan; :1-19
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.
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