HHE determination report no. HHE-80-107, Wesvaco Corporation, Luke, Maryland.
NIOSH 1981 Feb; :1-5
Asbestos (1332214) insulation removal procedures of the Electrical and Industrial Maintenance Corporation, Salem, Virginia, were observed at the Piedmont Parts warehouse of the Westvaco Corporation, Luke, Maryland, on July 31, 1980. Prior to Westvaco's decision to remove the insulation, a representative of the United Paper Industry Workers Union had requested an evaluation of asbestos exposure due to warehouse insulation for an unspecified number of Westvaco employees. Eight workers involved in the insulation removal attended a training session, had preemployment physical exams and chest X-rays, and were issued personal protective equipment. No personal air samples were taken during insulation removal. The investigators concluded that EPA and OSHA regulations for the removal and disposal of asbestos were followed, although some deficiences in personal protective procedures occurred. They recommend sealing all openings and fixtures, covering all flow and wall surfaces with 6 mil polyethylene sheeting, packing contaminated material in 6 mil sealable plastic bags, and providing workers with dual purpose respirators equipped with chemical cartridges and a particulate filter for asbestos.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-107; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Asbestos-dusts; Dust-exposure; Insulation-workers; Control-methods
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Environmental Investigations Branch, NIOSH, Morgantown, West Virginia, 5 pages, 6 references