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HHE determination report no. HHE-77-80-620, GAF Corporation, Whitehall, Pennsylvania.

Authors
Geissert-JO
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 77-80-620, 1979 Sep; :1-45
NIOSHTIC No.
00091897
Abstract
An environmental and medical survey was conducted on September 14 and 15, 1977 at the GAF Corporation (SIC-3292) in Whitehall, Pennsylvania to evaluate employee exposures to asbestos (1332214), hexavalent chromium (18540299), vinyl-chloride (75014), and a variety of hydrocarbons and alcohols. The request for evaluation was made by an authorized employee representative, and subsequently by OSHA, to investigate the possible work related deaths and illnesses of 43 workers. Air samples were collected throughout the facility and tested for airborne concentrations of chemicals used in each area. Asbestos concentrations ranged from undetectable to 1.22 fibers per cubic centimeter (f/cc), which is below the OSHA standard of 2f/cc. Air contaminants at the ink mixing operations, the 9 and 12 foot printers, the resin storage and mixing operations, and the ovens were within acceptable limits. Blood tests, chest x-rays, pulmonary function tests, and a review of death certificates revealed no occupationally related illness or death. The authors conclude that, although no hazard was identified at the time of this survey, a potential asbestos exposure hazard exists in the asbestos storage and hydropulper felt mill areas, and that there is a potential short term dust exposure hazard in the ink mixing area. They recommend that exposures in each area be reduced through the use of respirators, workplace hygiene, ventilation systems, and periodic medical monitoring.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-77-80-620; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Region-3; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Asbestos-dust; Toxic-substances; Air-sampling; Medical-screening; Medical-monitoring; Asbestos-products; Pulp-mills; Author Keywords: asbestos; solvents; acids
CAS No.
1332-21-4; 18540-29-9; 75-01-4
Publication Date
19790901
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1979
NTIS Accession No.
PB80-163314
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
HHE-77-80-620
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3292
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
PA; OH
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