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Controlling cleaning-solvent vapors at small printers.
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 2000 Jun; 15(6):463-464
Press operators and other workers in printing establishments are exposed to airborne solvent vapors generated when the press is cleaned. Press-cleaning solutions are generally a mixture of chemicals that iclude various solvents, some of which are carcinogens. Adverse health effects from inhalation or skin contact include dermatitis, headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, respiratory failure, central nervous system depression, coughing, difficult breathing, chest pains, unconsciousness, and death. Chronic effects may include kidney and liver damage. Many press operators in small print shops have excessive exposures because such shops frequently have inadequate ventilaton or other controls for the vapors.
Inhalants; Inhalation studies; Ventilation; Ventilation equipment; Ventilation hoods; Ventilation systems; Exhaust ventilation; Personal protective equipment; Skin exposure; Skin; Occupational hazards; Occupational exposure; Printing industry; Printing presses; Organic solvents; Solvent vapors; Control methods; Health hazards; Protective clothing; Work practices; Central nervous system; Central nervous system disorders; Liver disorders; Liver damage; Kidney disorders; Kidney damage; Skin irritants; Respiratory system disorders; Pulmonary system disorders
75-09-2; 71-43-2; 127-18-4
Issue of Publication
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Page last reviewed: June 15, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division