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HHE determination report no. HHE-78-41-491, Amstar Corporation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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 78-41-491, 1978 May; :1-7
A health hazard evaluation of possible exposure to crystalline silica (7631869) and activated carbon (7440440) particulate at the Amstar Corporation (SIC-2062), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was made. Amstar refines raw sugar into granulated sugar for eventual wholesale and retail sales. In the course of the operation some employees are required to open and dump 50 pound bags of diatomaceous silica and activated carbon into 2,000 gallon tanks. Environmental samples were collected to determine airborne levels of total and respirable crystalline silica and activated carbon particulate. Bulk samples were collected of Diatomite (diatomaceous silica and Darco (activated carbon). Employee interviews and observation of work practices were conducted. It was concluded that a health hazard due to employee exposures to free silica and total particulate did not exist.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Region-3; Air-sampling; Air-contaminants; Air-quality-measurement; Industrial-hygiene; Silicon-dioxide; Particulate-sampling; Particulates; Metalloids; Food-processing-industry; HHE-78-41-491; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Author Keywords: Diatomite; diatomaceous silica; Darco; activated carbon; crystalline silica; carbon particulate
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