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HHE Report No. HETA-81-168-903, Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corporation, Martins Ferry, Ohio.

Authors
Kominsky-JR
Source
NIOSH 1981 Jun:9 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00118865
Abstract
Worker exposures to hydrochloric-acid (7647010), zinc-chloride (7646857), fume, and carbon-monoxide (630080) (CO) were surveyed on February 17 to 19, 1981 at Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corporation (SIC-3390) in Martins Ferry, Ohio. The evaluation was requested by a representative of the United Steelworkers of America, Local 1238, on behalf of approximately 600 workers. Personal and area air samples were collected, and 19 of the workers were interviewed about work related health problems. Concentrations of hydrochloric-acid, zinc-chloride fume, and CO were well below respective OSHA limits of 7 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/cu m), 1mg/cu m, and 50 parts per million. Crane operators complained of eye and nose irritations. The author concludes that employees at this company generally are not exposed to hazardous amounts of the three tested compounds. Crane operators were exposed to irritative concentrations of hydrochloric-acid, due partly to a damaged gasket on the lid of an acid tank. Recommendations include replacement of the damaged gasket, inspection and evaluation of the ventilation system, and repair of the deluge shower.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HETA-81-168-903; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Workplace-studies; Toxic-gases; Industrial-emissions; Air-sampling; Air-quality-measurement; Industrial-factory-workers; Health-surveys; Control-methods; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report;
CAS No.
7647-01-0; 7646-85-7; 630-08-0;
Publication Date
19810601
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-262601
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-81-168-903
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
3390;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 9 pages, 5 references
State
OH;
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