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Work-Related Asthma and You: Preventing Work-related Asthma in the Auto Parts Manufacturing and Foam and Expanded Plastic Industries
This booklet is designed to help employers and workers in your industries: recognize work-related asthma; put in place general strategies that both employers and workers can use, and more.
Isocyanates in the workplace: Exposure, effects and control
The health effects of isocyanate exposure include occupational asthma; skin irritation (dermatitis); irritation to the mucous membranes, eyes, nose and throat; gastrointestinal irritation; chemical bronchitis; and pneumonitis.
Guide for Safe Use of Isocyanates - An Industrial Hygiene Approach
This Guide is based on an industrial hygiene approach. It explains the chemical risks linked to isocyanates so that informed decisions can be made about the preventive measures to be implemented. It constitutes a unique source of information on environmental evaluation.
Risk of Isocyanate Exposure in the Construction Industry
This study, written by Carrie Riedlich in June 2010, focuses on identifying and collecting data on PU products that are commonly used and most likely to present skin exposure risk to applicators or others in the work area.
Oregon OSHA Fact Sheet Plus: Isocyanates
The Standards and Technical Resources Section of Oregon OSHA produced this fact sheet to highlight our programs, policies, or standards as related to the use of Isocyanates at work.
Source: Oregon OSHA
4,4’-Diphenylmethane diisocyanate (MDI) Safety practices and Concentration During Polyurethane Foam Spraying
The scope of this study was to document hazardous practices and to evaluate the work environment in terms of MDI concentrations, in stationary sampling, during spraying workand post-spraying on Québec construction sites.