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Health Hazard Evaluation Report No. TA-80-111-826, Department of Commerce, Washington, DC..


PB82188178

Publication Date 1981
Personal Author Lee, S. A.; Mullan, Q. G.
Page Count 18
Abstract Increased blood alcohol concentrations among workers at the Washington, D.C. lithographic printing facility (SIC-3573) of the Department of Commerce were evaluated on August 26 and 27, 1980. The evaluation was requested by the United States Department of Commerce/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Ocean Survey/Reproduction Division on behalf of 20 employees. Workers were questioned about job related health problems, and general and breathing zone air samples were collected for analysis. Worker exposures to isopropanol (67630), 1,1,1-trichloroethane (71556), xylene (1330207), and ethyl-benzene (100414) were below the respective OSHA 8 hour time weighted average standards of 400, 350, 100, and 100 parts per million. The ventilation system was poorly designed. Fourteen workers reported symptoms associated with cleaning the alcohol press, such as dizziness and nausea. The authors conclude that variations in press operating procedures and poor ventilation caused the occasional symptoms reported by the workers. They recommend redesigning the ventilation system, improving housekeeping procedures, using protective gloves when handling solvents, and reducing the isopropanol concentrations in the fountain solution.
Keywords
  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Lithography
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Xylenes
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • SIC 3573
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Ethane/trichloro
  • Benzene/ethyl
  • CAS 67-63-0
  • CAS 71-55-6
  • CAS 1330-20-7
  • CAS 100-41-4
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
Corporate Authors National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH. Div. of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 198215
Health Hazard Evaluation Report No. TA-80-111-826, Department of Commerce, Washington, DC..
Health Hazard Evaluation Report No. TA-80-111-826, Department of Commerce, Washington, DC..
PB82188178

  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Lithography
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Xylenes
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • SIC 3573
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Ethane/trichloro
  • Benzene/ethyl
  • CAS 67-63-0
  • CAS 71-55-6
  • CAS 1330-20-7
  • CAS 100-41-4
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
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