Industrial Hygiene Walk-Through Survey Report of Union Carbide Corporation, Electronic Components Division, Greenville, South Carolina.
A survey was conducted at the Electronic Components Division (SIC- 3675) of the Union Carbide Corporation in Greenville, South Carolina to identify and estimate potential worker exposure to hazardous agents in the tantalum capacitor manufacturing process. The primary potential hazards were exposure to tantalum (7440257) dust and a variety of solvents, epoxies, acids, and soldering fumes. A total of 926 production workers were employed over three shifts. At the time of the survey, no serious deficiencies in the facility safety and health programs were noted. A scheduled sampling routine for both area and personal air samples was being developed. New employees received safety training and monthly safety meetings were attended by all employees. Medical services were performed by a neighborhood health care facility, visiting corporate occupational physicians, full time nurses and workers trained in first aid. The authors note that the most significant cause of occupational illness was dermatitis, but recommended increased air sampling, improved housekeeping, determination of noise levels, and review of all new trial chemicals by the health and safety department before they are approved for procurement.
NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 25 pages