Technical assistance report: TA-80-77-853, Chemical Control Corporation, Elizabeth, New Jersey.
NIOSH 1981 Apr; :1-32
Environmental air samples were obtained and respiratory protective equipment was evaluated during hazardous waste removal from the Chemical Control Corporation (SIC-4783) in Elizabeth, New Jersey, from June 9 to June 16, 1980. The evaluation was requested by the State of New Jersey Department of Health on behalf of an unspecified number of workers after an explosion and fire of sealed chemical wastes at the facility. No overexposures to chemical substances were found. Two incidents of suspected respiratory protective equipment failure were confirmed. Several incidents of worker hospitalizations possibly resulted from heat stress. The authors conclude that a health hazard from hazardous chemicals did not exist at this facility but that programs for worker respiratory protection heat stress, and air monitoring were inadequate. They recommend implementation of a training program for respirator use, procedures for heat stress abatement, medical monitoring of affected workers, and implementation of a program for heat stress monitoring.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; TA-80-77-853; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Air-sampling; Region-2; Personal-protective-equipment; Heat-stress; Health-surveys
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies; Technical Assistance
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, Cincinnati, Ohio, 32 pages, 23 references