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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-95-0311-2593, Martin's Carstar, Inc., Lakewood, Colorado.
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 95-0311-2593, 1996 Aug; :1-26
In response to a request from the President of Martin's Carstar (SIC- 7531) located in Lakewood, Colorado, an investigation was begun into possible hazardous working conditions at the site. Martin's is in the autobody repair business. The work done at the shop includes frame straightening, panel repair and replacement, body filing, and final painting and detailing. There was concern about possible worker exposures to noise, solvents, dusts, carbon-monoxide (630080) (CO), and metals. Personal breathing zone and area airborne levels were measured and noise levels were determined. Levels of isocyanates, solvents, total dust, and noise were below NIOSH/OSHA evaluation criteria. During the cold weather months, a potential hazard from CO exposure existed as CO concentrations rose to levels in excess of the NIOSH/OSHA limits. The peak CO level measured was 450 parts per million (ppm) and the highest 15 minute average was 105ppm. Recommendations were made for air supplied respirators when there is the potential for exposure to isocyanates; a good general ventilation for the entire shop in winter months to control CO levels; implementation of a complete respiratory protection program, proper management of paint spraying operations; good housekeeping regulations; wearing of gloves when mixing paint or cleaning paint guns or when any bulk paint or solvents may come into skin contact; monitoring noise levels; and monitoring exposure to metals during grinding and welding operations.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-95-0311-2593; Region-8; Mechanics; Hazard-Confirmed; Paint-spraying; Respiratory-system-disorders; Personal-protective-equipment; Ventilation-systems; Automobile-repair-shops; Author Keywords: automotive body shops; isocyanates; solvents; total dust; carbon monoxide; noise; respirators
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