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Detailed industrial hygiene survey: formaldehyde production, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Albany, Oregon, report no. CT-114-15b.

Authors
Barrett-GJ; McKinnery-WN Jr.; Dunn-DW; Gault-DJ
Source
NIOSH 1983 Jun; :1-110
NIOSHTIC No.
00133818
Abstract
A survey of the techniques used to control occupational exposure to formaldehyde (50000) and methanol (67561) was conducted at the Georgia Pacific Corporation (SIC-2869) Formaldehyde Production Facility at Albany, Oregon, in July 1982. The installation used work practices, engineering controls, and natural ventilation to control work exposures. The main engineering control was enclosure of the production process. Nine areas that were sampled and analyzed showed the formaldehyde concentrations to be below the OSHA standard of 3 parts per million (ppm) time weighted average and 5ppm short term exposure. All methanol samples were well below the OSHA limit of 200ppm. While the engineering controls appeared to maintain low concentrations of formaldehyde in the work areas, formaldehyde concentrations were affected by natural ventilation, including a fairly constant wind during the surveys. The authors conclude that natural ventilation may have affected the formaldehyde concentrations more than the engineering controls. It could be expected that the control techniques are adequate to maintain the formaldehyde concentrations below the acceptable limits when no wind is present.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Control-technology; Chemical-manufacturing-industry; Toxic-vapors; Occupational-hazards; Field-Study; Industrial-design; Safety-engineering; Air-quality-monitoring; Safety-practices; Industrial-hygiene-programs; CT-114-15b; Region-10
CAS No.
50-00-0; 67-56-1
Publication Date
19830601
Document Type
Field Studies; Control Technology
Fiscal Year
1983
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-185414
NTIS Price
A07
Identifying No.
CT-114-15b
Priority Area
Control-technology
SIC Code
2869
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
GA; OR; OH
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