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Semiconductor Manufacturing

This page contains information relating to the potential hazards of some chemicals used in the semiconductor manufacturing industry. It includes NIOSH Criteria Documents and Current Intelligence Bulletins for glycol ethers and other chemicals, as well as links to databases where additional information may be found.


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NIOSHTIC-2 is a searchable bibliographic database of occupational safety and health publications, documents, grant reports, and journal articles supported in whole or in part by NIOSH.

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Current Intelligence Bulletin 39: Glycol Ethers 2-Methoxyethanol and 2-Ethoxyethanol
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 83-112
This document recommends that 2-methoxyethanol (2ME) and 2-ethoxyethanol (2EE) be regarded in the workplace as having the potential to cause adverse reproductive effects in male and female workers.

Current Intelligence Bulletin 46: Methylene Chloride
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 86-114
This document recommends occupational exposure to methylene chloride be controlled to the lowest feasible limit.

Criteria for a Recommended Standard: Occupational Exposure to Ethylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether, Ethylene Glycol Monoethyl Ether, and Their Acetates
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 91-119
This document examines the occupational health risks associated with exposure to Ethylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether, Ethylene Glycol Monoethyl Ether, and their acetates. Criteria are also provided for eliminating or minimizing the risks encountered by workers during the manufacture and use of these glycol ethers.

Criteria for a Recommended Standard: Occupational Exposure to Methylene Chloride
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 76-138a
NIOSH recommends that worker exposure to Diochloromethane, commonly known as Methylene Chloride, be controlled in the workplace by following the guidelines presented in this document.

NIOSH Chemical Safety Topic Page
Includes chemical information, material safety data sheet resources, information on personal protective equipment, more...

NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 97-140
Exposure limits, Respirator Recommendations, First Aid, more...
The Pocket Guide is a source of general industrial hygiene information on several hundred chemicals/classes found in the work environment. Key data provided for each chemical/substance includes name (including synonyms/trade names), structure/formula, CAS/RTECS Numbers, DOT ID, conversion factors, exposure limits, IDLH, chemical and physical properties, measurement methods, personal protection, respirator recommendations, symptoms, and first aid.

International Chemical Safety Cards (WHO/IPCS/ILO)
IPCS cards summarize essential health and safety information on chemicals for their use at the "shop floor" level by workers and employers in factories, agriculture, construction and other work places.


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