What is the problem?
Exposure to airborne solvents (styrene and Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK).
The potential for exposure to a wide variety of other chemicals: resins and hardeners; catalysts and initiators; fibres and rein forcers; mould release agents; fillers and pigments; inhibitors; and promoters and accelerators.
All are used and may enter the body via the respiratory tract or the skin.
Dust exposure may also be a problem.
Exposure to solvent vapours in this industry causes a lot of ill health. The problem should be treated as potentially serious. Air monitoring is appropriate only where processes are constant. Biological monitoring is possible.
Control air contaminants at source:
- local exhaust ventilation
- ventilated booths
- low-emission guns
- work behaviours
- housekeeping practices and
- appropriate PPE.