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HHE determination report no. HHE-76-74-393, Great Lakes Research Corporation, Elizabethton, Tennessee.

Authors
Roper-CP Jr.
Source
NIOSH 1977 May; :1-6
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00070669
Abstract
A Health Hazard Evaluation investigation was conducted by NIOSH at the Pilot Plant of Great Lakes Research Corporation in Elizabethton, Tennessee, which converts Orlon into carbon and graphite fibers, on June 24, 1976. An authorized employee representative requested the investigation regarding exposure of employees to Orlon carbonization by-products which might have caused discoloration of some workers' hair. Laboratory analyses failed to identify the presence of any unexpected contaminant or substances to cause alteration of hair color among Orlon by-products, settled dusts, process residues, and human hair samples and although there was a positive indication of the presence of an oxidizing agent in the bulk carbon dust sample, a positive identification of the particular oxidizing material was not possible. While the study was not successful in determining the cause of the hair discoloration, it is recommended that all process emissions be captured at their source and removed from the process areas through the use of local exhaust ventilation.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-76-74-393; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-4; Toxicology; Industrial-plants; Acrylics; Toxic-substances; Industrial-processes; Oxidizers; Chemical-industry; Textile-fibers
Publication Date
19770501
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1977
NTIS Accession No.
PB-273745
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HHE-76-74-393
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
Hazard Evaluation Services Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HHE-76-74-393, 6 pages, 2 references
State
TN; OH
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