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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-90-092-L2083, Bethlehem Steel, Chesterton, Indiana.

Authors
Mouradian-RF; Kawamoto-MM
Source
NIOSH 1990 Nov; :1-25
NIOSHTIC No.
00196021
Abstract
In response to a request from the United Steel Workers of America Local 6787, an investigation was undertaken of possible hazardous working conditions at the 160 inch plate mill at Bethlehem Steel, Chesterton, Indiana. A significant number of employees were experiencing symptoms of eye and respiratory irritation which could be linked to workplace exposures. There was no evidence of severe occupational illness. Low to moderate exposure to air contaminants were measured, including metals, sulfur-dioxide (7446095), nitrogen- dioxide (10102440), and carbon-monoxide (630080). No single contaminant was identified as the cause of eye and respiratory irritation. The authors conclude that the symptoms were caused by a combination of contaminants released by the cutting operations and by the heat treatment and tempering furnaces. The authors recommend that exposure to these irritants be controlled to minimize employee discomfort. The ventilation system should be improved, in part through the use of local exhaust or other engineering controls.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-90-092-L2083; Region-5; Lung-irritants; Respiratory-system-disorders; Eye-irritants; Workplace-studies; Work-environment; Hazards-Confirmed
CAS No.
7446-09-5; 10102-44-0; 630-08-0
Publication Date
19901101
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1991
NTIS Accession No.
PB91-152306
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-90-092-L2083
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Priority Area
Respiratory-system-disorders
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
IN; OH
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