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Health hazard evaluation report: HHE-80-026-904, United States Steel, Tubing Specialties Center, Gary, Indiana.

Authors
Daniels-WJ
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 80-026-904, 1981 Jun; :1-6
NIOSHTIC No.
00118866
Abstract
Worker exposures to benzene (71432), xylene (1330207) and coal tar naphtha (8030306) were surveyed on January 15, February 12, and October 28, 1980 at United States Steel, Tubing Specialties (SIC- 3317) in Gary, Indiana. The evaluation was requested by a representative of the United Steelworkers, Local 2697, on behalf of 12 employees involved in spray pipe coating operations. Personal air samples were collected, and four workers were questioned about work related health effects. Exposures to benzene, xylene, and coal tar naphtha ranged from 0.02 to 0.47, 1.2 to 1.8, and 7 to 18 parts per million (ppm), respectively; corresponding OSHA standards are 10, 100, and 100ppm for an 8 hour workday. The employees did not report any health problems. The author concludes that exposures to the three test chemicals are within acceptable limits, however due to the potential carcinogenicity of benzene, all exposures to this chemical should be minimized. The company has planned to substitute a new pipe coating that contains no benzene; this should eliminate any potential exposure. The author recommends toxicity evaluation of the new product, and introduction of exposure controls if necessary.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-026-904; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Toxic-gases; Air-contamination; Health-surveys; Air-quality-measurement; Tolerance-threshold; Industrial-factory-workers; Control-methods; Industrial-safety; Author Keywords: Steel Pipe and Tubes; benzene; xylene; coal tar naptha; V-5257
CAS No.
71-43-2; 1330-20-7; 8030-30-6
Publication Date
19810601
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-257767
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HHE-80-026-904
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3317
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
IN; OH
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