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Health hazard evaluation report: HHE-80-017-770, Illinois Power Company, Bellville, Illinois.

Authors
Moseley-CL; Harris-J
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 80-017-770, 1980 Nov; :1-6
NIOSHTIC No.
00111752
Abstract
Interviews were conducted and workplaces were visited to assess exposure to polychlorinated-biphenyls (1336363) (PCB) at Illinois Power Company (SIC-4911) in Bellville, Illinois, from February 12 to 14 and August 26 to 27, 1980. The evaluation was requested by an authorized representative of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 309, on behalf of the 66 employees based on reports of skin and eye irritation among workers. It was established that the capacitors maintained by the company contained PCBs. Linesmen who worked on the capacitors estimated contact with PCBs from once every 5 years to 18 times per year. The duration of exposure was less than 1 hour. Medical questionnaire data indicated a low frequency of PCB contact among linesmen and an absence of job related complaints among employees interviewed. The authors conclude that this group is a low risk group for PCB toxicity. They recommend that employees be made aware of PCB toxicity and the hazards associated with their use, that protective work procedures be adopted and that protective clothing and eyewear be provided.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-80-017-770; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Electric-power-generation; Electrical-power-generation; Work-practices; Risk-factors; Control-methods; Protective-equipment; Author Keywords: Electric Services; polychlorinated biphenyls
CAS No.
1336-36-3
Publication Date
19801101
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-151002
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HHE-80-017-770
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
4911
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
IL; OH
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