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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-95-0405-2600, Spence's Carstar, Denver, 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 95-0405-2600, 1996 Sep; :1-24
In response to a request from Spence's Carstar (SIC-7531), Denver, Colorado, an investigation was begun into exposure of workers to solvents, total dusts, noise, carbon-monoxide (630080) and metals. The automobile repair work at this facility included frame straightening, axle repair/replacement, body filling, painting and detailing. Paint spraying was conducted in a paint spray booth. Paints were mixed and stored on site. Personal breathing zone and area airborne concentrations of isocyanate monomer and oligomer, various solvents, total dust, carbon-monoxide and noise levels were monitored. All but one of the monomer samples were below the limit of detection of 2 micrograms/sample. Air samples for solvents did not exceed the limits, nor did the mixture summation exceed any criteria. Area total dust samples ranged from 1.3 to 3mg/m3. All were below acceptable limits. The peak carbon-monoxide concentration was 173 parts per million (ppm), and the highest 15 minute average was 80ppm. The time weighted average noise level in the body repair area was 86 decibels-A (dBA). The maximum peak level was 132dBA. The author concludes that there was a potential health hazard from noise exposure and from exposure to peak carbon- monoxide concentrations during the cold weather months. Recommendations were made to reduce these exposures.
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