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Oregon OSHA Hazard Alert: Hydrofluoric (HF) acid in commercial cleaners for vehicles (PDF)
Employers use hydrofluoric (HF) acid, in significant quantities, in a number of common commercial cleaners. Specifically, in wax removers for cleaning farm equipment, spoke wheels, and walls inside drive-through car washes.
Source: Oregon OSHA
Aerosol Cleaner Use in Auto Repair (PDF)
Overexposure to solvent-based aerosol (spray can) cleaners affects the nervous system (the brain), causing nausea, dizziness, clumsiness, drowsiness, and other effects like those of being drunk. Use the safer aerosol cleaners described in this fact sheet to help protect your health and the environment.
Health and Safety in Washington State's Collision Repair Industry: A Needs Assessment (Dec. 2005) (PDF)
Workers in the collision repair industry may be exposed to isocyanates and other harmful chemicals. Of particular concern is the burden of work-related asthma in this industry, which likely reflects exposures to the isocyanates in two-part paints. Consequently, Safety & Health Assessment & Research for Prevention (SHARP) staff conducted key informant interviews, performed field investigations, and distributed a statewide needs assessment survey to learn more.