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Decontamination procedures for chemical process equipment.

Authors
Renshaw-FM
Source
NIOSH 1981 Mar; :159-179
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00172634
Abstract
The basic elements of chemical process equipment decontamination procedures were described. The decontamination procedure was said to begin with the identification of equipment and the contaminant. It was recommended that the facility and process equipment be designed with consideration for decontamination, with all wood and concrete surfaces painted. Physical and chemical cleaning techniques were described, and high pressure water or solvent flushing were cited as the most common methods. The verification of decontamination was discussed and several wipe tests were described. The disposal of contaminated waste was addressed, and recycling of flush solvents, incineration, landfilling, and treatment were described as useful techniques. Personal protective equipment and hygiene were found to be important during the decontamination process, as equipment integrity and local exhaust ventilation may be overridden as part of the decontamination process. The importance of procedural controls in the decontamination process was stressed.
Keywords
Chemical-cleaning; Mechanical-cleaning; Chemical-processing; Industrial-equipment; Chemical-manufacturing-industry; Personal-protective-equipment; Waste-disposal; Waste-treatment
Publication Date
19810312
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Priority Area
Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment; Research Tools and Approaches
Source Name
Symposium on Control of Workplace Hazards in the Chemical Manufacturing Industry, March 11-12, 1981, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio
State
OH; PA
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