Health hazard evaluation report: HETA 97-0161-2706, Bananas! Gifts, Incorporated, Clarkdale, Arizona.
On April 4, 1997, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a request for a health hazard evaluation (HHE) at the Bananas! Gifts, Inc. facility in Clarkdale, Arizona. The confident request expressed concern over possible exposure to lacquer solvents, abrasive-blasting materials, and a patina solution (brown or green layer on copper as a result of oxidation). Concern was also expressed over "homemade" heavy machinery, ventilation, and protective clothing. The employees reported symptoms of rashes, nose sores, and hyperventilation. On November 5 and 6, 1997, NIOSH conducted a site visit at the Bananas! Gifts, Inc. facility. Area and short-term personal breathing zone (PBZ) air samples were collected on November 6, 1997. NIOSH investigators collected 6 PBZ and 6 area air samples for metals, 4 PBZ and 3 area air samples for 2-butoxyethanol, 2 PBZ and 2 area air samples for inorganic acids, 3 area air samples for respirable dust, and 2 area air samples for methylene chloride. During the sampling period, employees switched from operation to operation with a working duration ranging from a few minutes to 2-3 hours. The length of time at a specific operation with a working duration ranging from a few minutes to 2-3 hours. The length of time at a specific operation depends mainly upon the customer orders received for a particular item. Therefore, full-shift PBZ air samples were not collected.