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Industrial Hygiene Walk-Through Survey Report Of E.I. duPont de Nemours And Company, Pontchartrain Works, LaPlace, Louisiana, Report No. IWS-147-31.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1986 Apr:18 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00159086
Abstract
A walk through survey was conducted at EI du Pont de Nemours and Company (SIC-2822), LaPlace, Louisiana in August, 1985. The purpose of the survey was to obtain information on the neoprene polymer production process and to evaluate the potential for exposure to 1,3- butadiene (106990). Bulk samples of neoprene were analyzed for residual 1,3-butadiene. The facility produced hydrogen-chloride and chloroprene as marketable products as well as neoprene. The process occurred in a closed system, tightly maintained for economic and fire hazard reasons. Single mechanical seals were used on all 1,3- butadiene pumps. Quality control sampling was done using gas bags in the tank farm. No residual 1,3-butadiene was found in the bulk neoprene samples. The company reported they had conducted air monitoring for 1,3-butadiene and found most exposures to be below 10 parts per million. Personnel records on current and terminated employees were maintained. A total of 1,264 workers had worked at the facility. The authors conclude that the facility should be considered a candidate for an in depth survey. The company should consider retrofitting dual mechanical seals on all process pumps with single mechanical seals.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-147-31; Region-6; Plastics-industry; Exposure-levels; Health-survey; Analytical-methods; Chemical-composition; Sampling-methods; Air-sampling;
CAS No.
106-99-0;
Publication Date
19860401
Fiscal Year
1986
NTIS Accession No.
PB88-249750
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
IWS-147-31
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
2822;
Source Name
Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, NIOSH, Centers for Disease Control, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. IWS-147-31, 18 pages, 8 references
State
LA; OH;
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