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Health Hazard Evaluation Report No. HHE-79-012-809, Powers-Fiat Corporation, Monroe, Ohio.


PB82189192

Publication Date 1981
Personal Author McGlothlin, J. D.; Thoburn, T.
Page Count 38
Abstract Area samples were analyzed and employees were given medical evaluations at Powers-Fiat Corporation (SIC-3079) in Monroe, Ohio on six occasions between November 11, 1978 and January 2, 1980. The evaluation was performed in response to a request from Local 8707 of the United Steelworkers of America, for a health hazard evaluation of worker exposure to ketones and acrylic resins during the manufacture of fibrous glass reinforced plastic tubs and showers. Sampling for a variety of chemicals showed that none of the chemicals tested exceeded the recommended OSHA standards. Methyl-ethyl-ketone-peroxide (1338234) (MEKP) was the primary contaminant to which workers were exposed. Values obtained at sampling ranged from 0.11 to 0.17 parts per million (ppm); the recommended standard for MEKP by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists is 0.2ppm. Pulmonary function tests of 30 workers were usually normal before and after shifts, with only 5 workers showing significant decreases in function over the shift. Predominant symptoms were nose and throat irritation, headaches, dizziness and breathing problems. One worker had a hyperreactivity to toluene-diisocyanate (26471625). The authors conclude that even though the chemicals tested were below the recommended standards, hazards may exist due to possible additive or synergistic action from combined chemical exposures. Recommendations to prevent overexposure to MEKP include improved work practices, use of protective equipment such as gloves, face shields and respirators, provision of resin removing creams and eyewash fountains for cleanup and provision of an education program for employees.
Keywords
  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Fiberglass reinforced plastics
  • Tubing
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • SIC 3079
  • CAS 1338-23-4
  • CAS 26471-62-5
  • Butanone/peroxide
  • Isocyanic acid/(methylphenylene-ester)
Source Agency
  • Centers for Disease Control Bureau of Laboratories
  • 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. HHE-79-012-809, Powers-Fiat Corporation, Monroe, Ohio.
Health Hazard Evaluation Report No. HHE-79-012-809, Powers-Fiat Corporation, Monroe, Ohio.
PB82189192

  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Fiberglass reinforced plastics
  • Tubing
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • SIC 3079
  • CAS 1338-23-4
  • CAS 26471-62-5
  • Butanone/peroxide
  • Isocyanic acid/(methylphenylene-ester)
  • Centers for Disease Control Bureau of Laboratories
  • 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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