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HHE Report, No. HETA-82-68-1111, Miamitown Grade School, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Authors
Kominsky-JR
Source
NIOSH 1982 May :1-7
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00130020
Abstract
The composition of a black, tar like thermal dielectric compound found that the Miamitown Grade School (SIC-8210), Miamitown, Ohio was investigated. The school principal requested the study after expressing concern that the compound, which had leaked from several fluorescent lamp ballast casings, might contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). On December 7, 1981, a wipe sample was collected and analyzed. The surface of a luminaire where the ballast had previously burned out contained 3600 micrograms of PCB which was reported as Aroclor-1242 (53469219). Other samples contained 0.9 and 0.6 micrograms of PCB per 100 square centimeters. The ballasts may have inadequate internal thermal protective mechanisms to prevent overheating and ultimate burnout, both of which are causes of leakage of the thermal dielectric compound. The author concludes that significant quantities of PCBs were released during ballast burnout. The author suggests that thermally unprotected ballasts be replaced with thermally protected units of Class-P classification.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Lighting-systems; Organic-compounds; Phenyl-compounds; Education; Toxic-effects; HETA-82-68-1111; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-5
CAS No.
53469-21-9
Publication Date
19820501
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-141852
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-82-68-1111
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
8210
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio
State
OH
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