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Accident: 170171276 - Five Employees Suffer Chemical Exposure

Accident: 170171276 -- Report ID: 0950614 -- Event Date: 01/10/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11183519501/22/19928322Alameda County-Dept. Of Social Services
The supervisor gave Employees #1 through #5, clerks, a can of Masury-Columbia Graffiti Remover to clean newly acquired used book cases. They sprayed the book cases and wiped them clean. The spray contained methyl benzene, 2-propanol, 2-butanone, 1,1,1-trichloroethane, carbon dioxide, and 1,2-ethanediol. Employees #1 through #5 were overcome by the chemical vapors, experiencing vomiting, shaking, and nausea. They had not been trained to use the solvent; it was not their regularly assigned job. Employees #1 through #5 went outside and then home. Fans were brought into office to ventilate the room. There were no long term effects.
Keywords: trichloroethane, ventilation, work rules, nausea, carbon dioxide, cleaning fluid, chemical vapor, toxic fumes, untrained, vomit
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111835195 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
2 111835195 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
3 111835195 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
4 111835195 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
5 111835195 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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