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Study Report: Evaluation of Dustiness Test Methods and Recommendations for Improved Dust Control at Heubach Inc., Newark, New Jersey. Report No. CT-154-11a.

Authors
Cooper-TC; Heitbrink-WA; O'Brien-DM
Source
NIOSH 1989 Feb:53 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00186687
Abstract
A study was made of methods in place at the Heubach Inc. (SIC-2816, SIC-2865) facilities located in Newark, New Jersey, for the control of dust during the production of inorganic lead-chromate and organic pigments. This study centered in the packaging, bag filling, area of a particular building and in the bag emptying area of a second building. A 15 year old St. Regis force flow packer and a 20 year old St. Regis auger packer were used to package pigment in multiple paper bags in 50 pound quantities. In the bag emptying area semibulk or sling type bags, fiber drums, and 50 pound paper bags were emptied at one of five dump stations. A number of practices were used by this company to reduce worker dust exposures. These included product modification, process equipment design, local exhaust ventilation, personal protective equipment, and administrative controls. Some of the lead (7439921) pigments have been modified by using a proprietary additive to reduce their dustiness. Other equipment controls were discussed. Personal protective equipment was provided in the form of respiratory equipment, hearing protective devices, rubber gloves, hard hats, plastic aprons, regular and disposable coveralls, underwear, socks and shoes. Each employee viewed a 90 minute video on safety once a year, and the importance of good hygiene was stressed. Also discussed in this report was an evaluation of the dustiness test procedures and the correlation of the worker exposure with the dustiness test results. The authors recommend improved process design, ventilation and work practices for reducing lead exposures.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; CT-154-11a; Region-2; Dust-control; Control-technology; Airborne-dusts; Dust-inhalation; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Metal-dusts; Heavy-metals; Paint-manufacturing-industry;
CAS No.
7439-92-1;
Publication Date
19890201
Document Type
Field Studies; Control Technology
Fiscal Year
1989
NTIS Accession No.
PB89-187876
NTIS Price
A05
Identifying No.
CT-154-11a
Priority Area
Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment; Research Tools and Approaches; Control-technology;
SIC Code
2816; 2865;
Source Name
Engineering Control Technology Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. CT-154-11a, 53 pages, 9 references
State
NJ; OH;
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