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NIOSH Field Effort to Assess Chemical Exposure Risks to Gas and Oil Workers

January 2010
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2010-130
cover of 2010-130

The goals of this NIOSH field effort include: 1) identifying processes and activities where chemical exposures could occur; 2) characterizing potential exposures to vapors, gases, particulates and fumes (e.g., solvents, diesel particulate, crystalline silica, acids, metals, aldehydes, and possibly other chemicals identified during the study); 3) depending on results of the field effort, recommending safe work practices and/or proposing and evaluating exposure controls (to include engineering controls, substitution, and personal protective equipment).