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Document ID (ISN)110067
CIS number 09-1120
ISSN - Serial title 1545-9624 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Whittaker S.G., Reeb-Whitaker C.
Title Characterizing the health and safety needs of the collision repair industry
Bibliographic information May 2009, Vol.6, No.5, p.273-282. 31 ref.
Abstract Production workers in the collision repair shops are potentially exposed to harmful chemicals, including isocyanates, known to cause work-related asthma. The objectives of this study were to gather information on the number of workers potentially exposed to isocyanates and other chemicals, together with health and safety practices for reducing exposure and increasing employer and worker awareness. Data were gathered using a combination of interviews, field investigations and a survey in Washington State. A key finding is that inappropriate selection and insufficient use of respirators and gloves contribute significantly to isocyanate exposures. Possible reasons and implications are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) isocyanates; premises; Washington; coachwork; limitation of exposure
Descriptors (secondary) protective gloves; responsibilities of employers; USA; asthma; supply of personal protective equipment; job study; respirators; safe working methods; survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Motor vehicle manufacturing industry
Isocyanates
Cyano compounds