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Accident: 201096187 - Employee Sustains Minor Injuries From Formaldehyde Exposure

Accident: 201096187 -- Report ID: 0950645 -- Event Date: 11/07/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30081406811/07/20023861Santa Barbara Infrared
On November 7, 2002, Employee #1 was working for Santa Barbara Infrared, Inc., at 312-A North Nopal Street in Santa Barbara, California. Santa Barbara Infrared manufactures lenses for infrared applications in the aerospace industry. Employee #1 had forgotten to remove a plastic plug from a concrete block before placing it in a curing oven. The curing process begins at a relatively low temperature which is slowly increased to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. The plug was made of a product called Delrin which, per its Material Safety Data Sheet, will form formaldehyde at temperatures greater than 446 degrees Fahrenheit. Employee #1 was taken to Occupational Medicine Center in Santa Barbara, California after the exposure accident and received first aid treatment for headache, dry and sore throat, and burning nostrils. Employee #1's treatment did not require hospitalization. Drager tube sampling did not detect formaldehyde in the area surrounding the oven.
Keywords: throat, headache, oven, inhalation, nose, formaldehyde
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300814068 Non Hospitalized injury Other Solderers and brazers

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