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Title: Health-hazard evaluation report HETA 85-107-1841, General Electric Company, Schenectady, New York

In response to a request from the International Union of Electrical Workers, employee exposure to chemicals and possible work-related illnesses and deaths were examined in the wind stand area of Building 273 of the General Electric facility, Schenectady, New York. In the area of the facility, epoxy-resin coatings were applied to surfaces of large steam-turbine-generator stators twice a year. Review of records and interviews of 19 employees neither supported nor refuted claims of work-related disease or death. It was noted that a large number of chemicals were present in the area and that there was poor product labelling on containers. Air samples taken during application of epoxy resin coatings did not reveal the presence of components such as bisphenol-A and its diglycidyl-ether, epichlorohydrin, or organic vapors, with the exception of Propasol-Solvent-P which contained propoxypropanol isomers. Air samples of the last compound ranged from 7.4 to 31.0mg/cu m in each of four breathing-zone samples. The chemical was reported to be an irritant and central nervous system depressant, but no exposure limit had been set. The authors conclude that no health hazard exists. They recommend that antifogging chemical splash goggles be worn during the epoxy process in addition to other protective gearmore » already in use. Close monitoring is recommended, particularly in winter when ventilation would be poor. Employees should be encouraged to report illnesses to the company medical director.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
7072625
Report Number(s):
PB-88-188396/XAB; HETA-85-107-1841
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH (USA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; ELECTRIC POWER INDUSTRY; HAZARDOUS MATERIALS; ORGANIC SOLVENTS; RESINS; OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE; INDOOR AIR POLLUTION; EPOXIDES; INDUSTRIAL MEDICINE; INSPECTION; MONITORING; PROTECTIVE CLOTHING; TOXICITY; VENTILATION; AIR POLLUTION; CLOTHING; INDUSTRY; MATERIALS; MEDICINE; ORGANIC COMPOUNDS; ORGANIC OXYGEN COMPOUNDS; ORGANIC POLYMERS; PETROCHEMICALS; PETROLEUM PRODUCTS; POLLUTION; POLYMERS; SOLVENTS 500200* -- Environment, Atmospheric-- Chemicals Monitoring & Transport-- (-1989); 552000 -- Public Health