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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-067-1253, Anchor Hocking Glass Company, Roofing Site, Lancaster, Ohio.

Authors
Reed-LD
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, HETA 82-067-1253, 1983 Jan; :1-9
NIOSHTIC No.
00127217
Abstract
Hazardous exposures during removal of an old coal-tar pitch roof were investigated on December 9 and 10, 1981 at Anchor Hocking Glass Company (SIC-1761) in Lancaster, Ohio. Evaluation was requested by United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers, and Allied workers for an unspecified number of workers. Sixteen personal area air samples were analyzed for polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons and benzene solubles. Bulk samples were also analyzed. Workers were questioned about medical symptoms. Bulk tear off dust contained 7 percent cyclohexane solubles per milligram. Various polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons and trace amounts of quartz (14808607) and asbestos (1332214) were identified. Exposures to the benzene soluble fraction and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons in dust ranged from cubic meter. Exposures to polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons in hot asphalt ranged from 0.2 to 6.3 micrograms per cubic meter. The NIOSH standard for exposure to coal-tar products is 0.1 milligrams per cubic meter; and for asphalt fumes, 5.0 milligrams per cubic meter. Symptoms included dermal erythemia, photosensitivity, and conjunctivitis. The author concludes that hazardous coal-tar pitch dust exists, and a potential asbestos hazard is present. He recommends improved hygiene practices and use of safety equipment.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Coal-tar-pitch; Polynuclear-aromatic-hydrocarbons; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Work-practices; HETA-82-067-1253; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-5; Author Keywords: Roofing and Sheet Metal Work; coal tar pitch; PNA's; cyclohexane solubles; benzene solubles; asphalt
CAS No.
14808-60-7; 1332-21-4
Publication Date
19830101
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1983
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-173046
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-82-067-1253
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
1761
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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