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Walk-Through Survey Report of Potash Company of America, Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Authors
Roberts-D; Boeniger-M
Source
NIOSH 1980 Mar:6 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00095766
Abstract
Worker exposures to diesel exhaust were studied at the Potash (584087) Company of America (SIC-1474) in New Mexico on February 12, 1980 to develop a research protocol for a retrospective epidemiologic and industrial hygiene study of potash workers. The facility employs 355 workers and has been in operation since 1934 producing ore composed mainly of sylvite (14336880) and halite (14762517) at an average of 8,300 tons per day. The current ventilation system circulates 360,000 cubic feet of air per minute. Diesel usage has been minimal since its introduction in 1967. Most of the diesel equipment is used to transport personnel, equipment, and supplies and utilizes the catalytic type emission controls and prechamber type ignition. Preemployment and periodic medical examinations are provided for the workers, along with routine industrial air sampling and periodic safety meetings. Company personnel records include complete demographic and employment history data, but records prior to 1955 would be incomplete or unavailable due to company ownership changes and a fire. The authors conclude that exposures to diesel exhaust are likely to be generalized or distributed equally throughout the mine.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS; Region-6; Chemical-and-fertilizer-mineral-mining; Miners; Epidemiology; Diesel-emissions; Work-environment; Air-sampling; Air-contaminants; Ventilation-equipment;
CAS No.
584-08-7; 14336-88-0; 14762-51-7;
Publication Date
19800310
Fiscal Year
1980
NTIS Accession No.
PB89-218697
NTIS Price
A02
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
1474;
Source Name
Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 6 pages
State
NM; OH;
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