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HHE determination report no. HHE-79-094-923, Exxon Chemical Company, Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

Authors
Lewis-FA; Thoburn-TW; Donahue-MT
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 79-094-923, 1981 Jul; :1-15
NIOSHTIC No.
00118859
Abstract
Worker exposures to various chemicals were surveyed on June 12 and 13 and December 5, 1979 and in March, 1980 at Exxon Chemical (SIC- 3079) in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. The evaluation was requested by a representative of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union on behalf of an unspecified number of workers. Air and bulk samples were collected, and 80 workers completed medical questionnaires along with blood lead (7439921) and urinary chromium (7440473) tests. Environmental and bulk sample concentrations of ozone (10028156), lead-chromate (7758976), acetic- acid (64197), hydrocarbons, total dust, 2,6-di-t-butyl-p-cresol, lead, and chromium, butane (106978), pentane (109660), and n-hexane (110543) were either not detectable or were within acceptable limits. Blood lead and urinary chromium concentrations were less than 40 micrograms per 100 milliliters and less than 350 nanograms per milliliter, respectively. The authors conclude that no hazardous exposures exist at this facility. They recommend medical monitoring, provision of showers and changing rooms, prohibition of smoking, eating, and drinking in areas of chemical use, and reevaluation of the ventilation system for the blown film machine.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-79-094-923; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Industrial-factory-workers; Air-sampling; Air-quality-measurement; Health-surveys; Heavy-metals; Metallic-poisons; Control-methods; Author Keywords: Miscellaneous Plastic Products; Lead Chromate; Lead; Chromium; C4-C6 Hydrocarbons; 2,6 di-t-butyl p-cresol; BHT; Ozone; Acetic Acid
CAS No.
7439-92-1; 7440-47-3; 10028-15-6; 7758-97-6; 64-19-7; 106-97-8; 109-66-0; 110-54-3
Publication Date
19810701
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB83-102889
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HHE-79-094-923
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3079
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
PA; OH
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