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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-2001-0034-2843, US Airways Aircraft Support Center, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Authors
Kiefer-M; Weber-A
Source
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 2001-0034-2843, 2001 May; :1-20
NIOSHTIC No.
20021520
Abstract
On October 23, 2000, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a management request for a health hazard evaluation (HHE) at the US Airways aircraft support center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The request asked NIOSH to determine if exposures resulting from a process change involving an industrial cleaner presented a health hazard to workers. Specific areas of concern included the aircraft wheel and brake maintenance departments where the primary industrial cleaner used in these areas had been replaced with a new product. No health complaints were reported in the HHE request, however subsequent information indicated that some employees had reportedly experienced health problems such as irritation and nose bleeds when the cleaner was first introduced. On February 5, 2001, NIOSH researchers conducted a site visit at the US Airways facility. During the site visit, integrated personal air sampling was conducted to evaluate employee exposures to total particulate and sodium metasilicate, the primary active ingredient in the industrial cleaner, and two glycol ethers (dipropylene glycol butyl ether (DPGBE), and tripropylene glycol methyl ether (TPGME)) that were also a component of the cleaner. Samples were collected from workers in the wheel pre-wash, bearing wash, wheel tear down, brake tear down, and the brake cleaning sinks.
Keywords
Aircraft; Aircraft-parts-and-auxiliary-equipment; Sodium-compounds; Glycols; Ethers; Ventilation; Cleaning-compounds; Maintenance-workers; Region-4; Work-practices; Alkalies; Particulates; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Eye-irritants; Skin-irritants; Author Keywords: Aircraft and Parts; Sodium Metasilicate; Glycol Ethers; Aircraft Wheel and Brake Maintenance; Ventilation; Caustic Parts Cleaner
Publication Date
20010501
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
2001
NTIS Accession No.
PB2002-108243
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
HETA-2001 0034 2843
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3721
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH; NC
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