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Health hazard evaluation determination report: HHE-77-124-479, Interlake Steel Inc., Newport, Kentucky.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 77-124-479, 1978 Apr; :1-8
An evaluation of employee exposure to soluble oil during steel pipe manufacture (SIC-3312) has been made. Throughout the building during the time of this investigation, drums of coal, coke or wood materials were being burned to provide heat in the building. Several workers reported that the fires were being started or periodically renewed using the coating oil. Personal breathing zone samples for oil mist were collected. Nondirected medical questionnaires were administered to 12 randomly selected individuals to determine if they were experiencing any health problems which they felt were work related. It has been determined on the basis of environmental sampling that the levels of oil mist, welding fumes, mineral spirits, toluene (108883) and xylene (1330207) did not exceed recommended criteria on an 8 hour time weighted average concentration basis. However, results of employee interviews indicated workers are experiencing eye and upper respiratory irritation which they related to the open burning fires used to provide heat. Based on these complaints and on good housekeeping and safety practices, the open fires should be replaced with an appropriate alternative source of heat.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Air-sampling; Air-quality-measurement; Air-contamination; Organic-solvents; Aromatic-hydrocarbons; Minerals; Oils; Industrial-hygiene; Steel-industry; Occupational-health; HHE-77-124-479; Region-4; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Author Keywords: Oil Mist; Welding Fumes; Mineral Spirits; Toluene; Xylene; Eye and Upper Respiratory Irritation
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