Evaluation of exposure to organic solvents.
Brueck-SE; Chen-L; Niemeier-M
Screen Print 2011 Feb; :30-33
We received an HHE request from a company that designs and screen prints acrylic signs for a variety of businesses. Housed in a four-story, 35,000-sq-ft building, the company employs 22 people with only three involved directly in screen printing or spray painting. Company management and employees were concerned about possible harmful health effects from exposures to organic solvents in lacquer thinner and screen-printing inks. We visited the facility to collect air samples, measure airflow in the spray-paint booth, check air movement in the screen-printing area, evaluate personal protective equipment (ppe) use, and identify fire safety hazards. Workers were mostly exposed to breathing solvent vapors during screen printing and washing. However, they were also exposed to vapors from evaporation of solvent-soaked cleaning towels. Additionally, workers had skin exposure to solvents.
Printing-industry; Printing-inks; Organic-solvents; Organic-chemicals; Organic-compounds; Paint-thinners; Control-technology; Engineering-controls; Personal-protective-equipment; Personal-protection; Protective-equipment; Fire-safety; Skin-exposure; Eyes; Gloves; Protective-clothing; Eye-shields; Eye-protection; Eye-protective-equipment
108-88-3; 110-54-3; 67-63-0; 67-64-1; 108-94-1
Journal Article; Lay Publication