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HHE determination report no. HHE-78-25-488, Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corporation, Yorkville, Ohio.

Authors
Burroughs-GE
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 78-25-488, 1978 May; :1-7
NIOSHTIC No.
00080917
Abstract
A health hazard evaluation to determine possible hazardous exposure to monoethanolamine (141435) (MEA) and carbon-monoxide (630080) (CO) through leakage at Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corporation, (SIC-3312) Yorkville, Ohio was made. The plant is involved in treating and finishing steel produced in other facilities. The study was requested after sore throat complaints from workers in the HNX area where carbon-monoxide is oxidized to carbon-dioxide and removed using an MEA solution. MEA samples were collected on silica (7631869) gel. CO samples were collected using certified length of stain detector tubes. Employees were interviewed regarding work histories and health problems. Sixteen of 18 atmospheric samples of MEA were below the limits of detection by current techniques. The remaining two breathing zone samples of HNX operators were 2.1ppm and 1.0ppm. Such exposure might contribute to frequent sore throat complaints in employees. CO samples were below the recommended 8 hour time weighted average environmental limits. It was concluded that MEA exposure is a possible contributor to frequent sore throats among workers. Drying up standing MEA puddles, cleaning the substance from pipes and machinery, and reducing leakage were recommended.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Region-5; Air-sampling; Air-quality-measurement; Air-contaminants; Industrial-hygiene; Ethanolamine; Alcohols; Amines; Steel-industry; Oxides; Respiratory-irritants; HHE-78-25-488; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Author Keywords: monoethanolamine; carbon monoxide; steel treating; steel finishing
CAS No.
141-43-5; 630-08-0; 7631-86-9
Publication Date
19780501
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1978
NTIS Accession No.
PB89-143341
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HHE-78-25-488
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3312
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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