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HHE Report No. HETA-82-309-1630, Inland Steel, East Chicago, Indiana.

Authors
Almaguer-D; Orris-P
Source
NIOSH 1985 Oct:12 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00157108
Abstract
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and coal tar pitch volatiles at the Inland Steel Company (SIC-3312), East Chicago, Indiana in November, 1982 and September, 1984. The evaluation was requested because of concern about employee exposures during maintenance of the coke battery precipitator at the number 2 facility. Four former employees were interviewed. The cyclohexane soluble fraction of coal tar pitch volatiles ranged from 0.232 to detected. The OSHA standard for naphthalene is 50mg/m3. Other PAHs detected included phenanthrene (85018), fluorene (86737), and acenaphthene (83329). The employees reported experiencing local skin, eye, ear, nose and throat irritation while working on the coke battery precipitator in the past. Personal protective measures such as wearing safety boots, barrier creams on exposed skin surfaces, and showering and changing clothes before leaving the facility had been implemented. The authors conclude that a potential health hazard from PAHs and coal tar pitch volatiles is being adequately addressed by the facility. Recommendations include continuing the present personal protective measures and providing emergency rescue training.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Steel-industry; Region-5; Breathing-zone; Exposure-limits; Physiological-measurements; Clinical-symptoms; HETA-82-309-1630;
CAS No.
91-20-3; 85-01-8; 86-73-7; 83-32-9;
Publication Date
19851001
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1986
NTIS Accession No.
PB86-203494
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-82-309-1630
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
3312;
Source Name
Hazard Evalutions and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-82-309-1630, 12 pages, 4 references
State
IN; OH;
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