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In-depth survey report: control technology for chemical process unit operations at ICI Americas Inc., Bayport, Texas, report no. CT-101-18b.

Authors
Froehlich-PA
Source
NIOSH 1985 Mar; :1-43
NIOSHTIC No.
00148163
Abstract
A survey of control technology for reducing ethylene-oxide (75218) exposures at ICI Americas Incorporated (SIC-2869), Bayport, Texas was conducted in March, 1984. The production process was located outdoors using tightly closed and highly automated process equipment. Ethylene-oxide storage and rail car loading were located to take advantage of the prevailing winds. A proprietary high integrity protective system monitored the production process. In addition to a normal surface water sewer system, the facility had a completely separate ethylene-oxide sewer system. The company had an on/line fugitive emission system composed of a gas chromatograph microprocessor and two gas chromatographs that monitored 41 sampling points. The facility had a comprehensive medical program that included a general health survey, known as the General Health Index, performed every 6 months for ethylene-oxide employees. Industrial hygiene sampling showed that exposures to ethylene-oxide were generally below 1 part per million (ppm). The author notes that OSHA recently reduced the ethylene-oxide standard from 50 to 1ppm. He concludes that this is one of the best facilities he has visited, especially since the facility was designed to limit ethylene-oxide exposures to 1ppm at a time when the OSHA standard was 50ppm.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Control-technology; Field-Study; Chemical-processing; Chemical-synthesis; Toxic-vapors; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Chromatographic-analysis; Equipment-design; Air-quality-monitoring; Industrial-chemicals; Region-6; CT-101-18b
CAS No.
75-21-8
Publication Date
19850301
Document Type
Field Studies; Control Technology
Fiscal Year
1985
NTIS Accession No.
PB85-234482
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
CT-101-18b
NIOSH Division
DPSE
Priority Area
Control-technology
SIC Code
2869
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
TX; OH
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