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HHE Report No. HETA-84-284-1701, Granite City Steel, Granite City, Illinois.

Authors
Almaguer-D; Orris-P
Source
NIOSH 1986 Jun:17 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00163543
Abstract
The International Chemical Workers Union requested an evaluation at Granite City Steel (SIC-3312), Granite City, Illinois regarding potential employee exposures to a tar like substance added to incoming coal. Bulk analysis of the material showed benzene/soluble coal tar pitch volatiles and naphthalene (91203), phenanthrene (85018), fluoranthene (206440), pyrene (129000), benz(a)anthracene (56553), chrysene (218019), benzo(e)pyrene (192972), benzo(a)pyrene (50328), and benz(g,h,i)perylene (191242). Personal air sampling showed that five of eight samples collected for benzene/solubles had concentrations of 88 to 141 micrograms/cubic meter (mg/m3). The total particulate fraction collected from coal dust in the basement of the pulverizer building contained 1.6 percent quartz (14808607). Respirable coal dust in personal samples ranged from 0.14 to 1.52 mg/m3. Of 15 employees working in the coke oven coal handling and by products areas, approximately two thirds experienced mucous membrane and skin irritation, headaches, shortness of breath, and nausea and about one half complained of cough and phlegm. No cases of skin or respiratory cancer were reported among these workers. The authors recommend that coal tar sludge waste product be disposed of according to EPA regulations. Engineering controls and personal protective equipment should be used to reduce exposure. Employees should be informed of potential hazards and enrolled in a coke plant medical monitoring program.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Region-5; Hazard-Confirmed; Coke-oven-emissions; Coke-oven-workers; Coke-manufacturing; Polynuclear-aromatic-hydrocarbons; Respirable-dust; HETA-84-284-1701;
CAS No.
91-20-3; 85-01-8; 206-44-0; 129-00-0; 56-55-3; 218-01-9; 192-97-2; 50-32-8; 191-24-2; 14808-60-7;
Publication Date
19860601
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1986
NTIS Accession No.
PB87-105581
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-84-284-1701
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
3312;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-84-284-1701, 17 pages, 3 references
State
IL; OH;
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