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Control Technology Assessment for Coal Gasification and Liquefaction Processes, Westinghouse Fluidized-Bed Coal Gasification Process Development Unit, Waltz Mill, Pennsylvania, Report No. CT-119-24a.

Authors
Telesca-DR
Source
NIOSH 1982 Apr:54 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00132119
Abstract
A control technology survey was conducted at the Westinghouse Fluidized Bed Coal Gasification Process Development Unit (SIC-5161) in Waltz Mill, Pennsylvania on June 24 and 25, 1981, to assess measures being developed to prevent occupational exposures to hazardous agents. The pressurized, fluidized bed gasification process was developed to convert coal to gas for industrial or utility fuel. Potential hazards identified included coal dust and product gas because of their explosive and flammable nature, and exposures to hydrogen-sulfide, (7783064), carbon-monoxide (630080), and polynuclear aromatics found in liquid coal products. Field operators, maintenance workers, and laboratory technicians were those most likely to be at risk. Work practice guidelines were designed to supplement engineering controls to provide additional protection in hazardous areas. Inspections and surveys were performed periodically. Limited access was allowed to and from the process development unit (PDU), and appropriate safety equipment was required. Job performance protocols were established. Employee education and training programs were instituted. Physical examinations were given annually to PDU workers. The author recommends the use of rubber instead of cotton gloves. PDU personnel should carry a portable carbon-monoxide meter. Supplied air respirators should be used when changing recycle gas compressor filters and strainers.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-78-0084; Control-technology; Field-Study; Coal-gasification; Occupational-hazards; Standards; Industrial-gases; Fire-hazards; Flammable-liquids; Industrial-exposures; CT-119-24a; Region-3;
CAS No.
7783-06-4; 630-08-0;
Publication Date
19820401
Document Type
Field Studies; Control Technology
Funding Type
Contract;
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-185156
NTIS Price
A05
Identifying No.
CT-119-24a
NIOSH Division
DPSE;
Priority Area
Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment; Research Tools and Approaches; Control-technology;
SIC Code
5161;
Source Name
Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. CT-119-24a
State
PA; OH;
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