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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-62-1211, Hatfield's Ferry Power Station, Masontown, Pennsylvania.

Authors
Chrostek-W; Parkinson-DK
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 81-62-1211, 1982 Oct; :1-22
NIOSHTIC No.
00127797
Abstract
Environmental and personal air samples were evaluated for coal dust, fly ash dust, sulfur-dioxide (7446095), benzene (71432) solubles, and asbestos (1332214) at the Hatfield's Ferry Power Station (SIC- 4911) Masontown, Pennsylvania, on December 11, 1980, February 26 and 27, 1981, and September 26, 1981. The evaluation was requested by a representative of the Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, Local 102, on behalf of 117 workers. Medical evaluation of 71 workers included: an occupational history and respiratory symptom questionnaire, chest examination, and blood pressure measurement. NIOSH standards for total dust (coal) and respirable coal dust are 3.9 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3) and 2.0mg/m3, respectively. The ranges for the air samples were 0.4 to 4.5 4.5mg/m3 for total dust and 0.06 to 2.6mg/m3 for respirable coal dust. Air samples for fly ash dust ranged from 0.4 to 56mg/m3, with a NIOSH standard of 10mg/m3. Sulfur-dioxide, sulfates, and asbestos samples were well below NIOSH criteria. The authors conclude that there are potential overexposures to coal dust and fly ash dust. They recommend wet or vacuum cleanup methods and the mandatory use of respirators in dusty environments. Preplacement, periodic medical examinations and air monitoring for coal dust and fly ash are recommended.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Employee-exposure; Breathing; Lung-irritants; Pulmonary-disorders; Respiratory-irritants; Electric-power-generation; Region-3; HETA-81-62-1211; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: Electric Services; coal dust; fly ash; sulfur dioxide; quartz; benzene solubles; asbestos; respiratory disorders; bronchitis; asthma
CAS No.
7446-09-5; 71-43-2; 1332-21-4
Publication Date
19821001
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1983
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-172774
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-81-62-1211
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
4911
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
PA; OH
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