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Document ID (ISN)108420
CIS number 08-906
Year 2006
Convention or series no. HSE Research Report 496
Author(s) White J., Coldwell M., Davies T., Helps J., Piney M., Rimmer D., Saunders J., Wake D.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Isocyanate exposure, emission and control in small motor vehicle repair premises using spray rooms: Phase 1
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2006. x, 111p. Illus. 29 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract A mock up spray room was constructed within the Health and Safety Laboratory with dimensions, ventilation conditions and extraction rates set to represent typical car body spray room conditions. A robotic sprayer was used to simulate paint spraying of car parts under a range of conditions; including spray orientation relative to the extraction duct, spray gun type, ventilation set up and extraction rates. Real-time monitors were used in conjunction with standard methods for airborne isocyanate (NCO) concentration monitoring. The main findings were: high NCO levels are present in spray rooms during spraying; airborne NCO levels were homogeneous throughout the spray room; factors affecting the amount of airborne NCO include gun type, gun condition, spray pattern and NCO formulation; airborne NCO took a significant time to clear the spray room. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) small enterprises; isocyanates; coachwork; premises; exposure evaluation; spray booths
Descriptors (secondary) laboratories; high-pressure spray nozzles; local exhaust; public OSH institutions; United Kingdom; report; design of equipment; spray guns; robots; ventilation systems; tests on models; determination in air; equipment layout
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Generalities
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Small and medium-sized enterprises
Exposure evaluation
Motor vehicle manufacturing industry
Cyano compounds
Surface treatment