Arlington, Virginia-The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council has published more advice on exposure control in the truck bed liner (TBL) industry.
The CPI said in a 9 March statement that, "Exposure control guidelines in the truck bed liner industry for low pressure system applications," provides information and explains precautions and practices associated with the safe handling of MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate).
The document specifically discusses engineering controls such as adequate ventilation, personal protective equipment and general work practices common to the TBL industry.
"OSHA's air contaminant standard outlines the hierarchy of controls, specifying the implementation of engineering controls to achieve full compliance. Yet constructing a spray enclosure with sufficient ventilation can be challenging for this industry, especially for smaller businesses," said Barbara Cummings of Bayer MaterialScience llc, who chairs the CPI Truck Bed Liner Task Force.
"We hope publication of this document will help address some of the commonly asked questions about exposure control in spray enclosure,." Cummings added, in the CPI statement.
The new advice was developed by CPI (previously the Alliance for the Polyurethanes Industry), allied to Region 5 of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Previous documents from CPI on this topic include: "Truck Bed Liner: Worker Protection" and "Spray-on Truck Bed Liner Applications using MDI/PMDI: Seven Important Points."
All documents are available through CPI's Truck Bed Liner Website: http://www.spraytruckbedliner.org/ "