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Safety information profile: production, storage and handling of cryogenic materials.
NIOSH 1979 Apr; :1-21
A safety information profile is presented for the production, storage, and handling of cryogenic materials (SIC-2831). The generally automated processes used for these materials are described. Potential safety and health hazards are reviewed, especially fire and explosion hazards and those from exposure to toxic vapors and frostbite. Existing hazard controls are listed. Accident and illness data are tabulated. Industry trends are mentioned and existing standards are discussed. Names and addresses of industry associations, unions, and other interested parties are provided. It is concluded that injury rates for workers primarily engaged in the production and bulk storage of cryogens is low when compared to rates of other industrial classifications. Readily available data are inadequate to judge the injury experience related to transportation and handling of cryogens. It is recommended that existing association guidelines and more comprehensive regulations for the industry be adopted by the federal government.
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-78-0130; Biological-products; Safety-programs; Safety-practices; Safety-equipment; Accident-statistics; Industrial-operations; Industrial-processes; Industrial-equipment; Industrial-hazards
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Division of Safety Research, NIOSH
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division