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HHE Report No. HETA-84-172-1573, Philadelphia Limerick Power Plant, Pottstown, Pennsylvania.

Authors
Ruhe-RL; Ehrenberg-R
Source
NIOSH 1985 Apr:20 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00153392
Abstract
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for formaldehyde (50000) and particulates at the Philadelphia Electric Limerick power facility construction site (SIC-1629), Pottstown, Pennsylvania in April, 1980. The survey was requested by the union to evaluate exposure to an insulating material containing ammonium- phosphate (7722761), fiberglass, and long chain hydrocarbons, because of complaints of respiratory irritation. Total particulate concentrations ranged from 0.6 to 2.8 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3) and 0.03 to 0.08mg/m3 for formaldehyde. The OSHA standard for formaldehyde is 3.7mg/m3. The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists standard for total particulates is 10mg/m3. The most frequently reported symptoms were chest congestion, nasal irritation, and throat irritation. Workers highly exposed to the insulating material had a mean of 2.1 symptoms per person. Those not exposed had a mean of 1.8 symptoms per person. The authors conclude that a health hazard does not exist at the site. This insulation may be associated with symptoms of mucosal and airway irritation when used in confined spaces. Recommendations include using portable exhaust systems and developing joint management/union education programs dealing with workplace contaminants.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Construction-industry; Air-monitoring; Environmental-factors; Quantitative-analysis; Exposure-levels; Air-contamination; Region-3; HETA-84-172-1573;
CAS No.
50-00-0; 7722-76-1;
Publication Date
19850401
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1985
NTIS Accession No.
PB86-133717
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-84-172-1573
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
1629;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-84-172-1573, 20 pages, 8 references
State
PA; OH;
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