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Industrial Hygiene Report: Preliminary Survey of Wood Preservative Treatment Facility at Seaman Timber Company, Inc., Montevallo, Alabama.
Todd AS; Timbie CY
NIOSH 1979 Nov:14 pages
The Seaman Timber Company, Inc. (SIC-2491) of Montevallo, Alabama was surveyed on July 26, 1979 to provide information on current and past processes used at the company, to review occupational safety and health procedures, to determine exposure concentrations of creosote (8001589) during routine wood treatment, to determine the need for comprehensive field studies to evaluate long term health effects associated with pressure treating of wood with creosote and chromated-copper-arsenate (7778418) (CCA), and to collect information for future technical reports. The company employs about 100 workers; eight of these are actively engaged in wood treating. The company had no formal preemployment or periodical medical evaluation program for wood treatment employees but there was an initial employee orientation on good work practices, safety rules, and precautions, and periodic safety meetings. Two area air samples were taken near bundles of wood that had been unloaded from the processing cylinders after the creosote and coal-tar (8007452) treatment, but no valid results were obtained. The authors conclude that inconsistencies in the laboratory procedure, compared with the NIOSH recommendations for evaluating airborne concentrations of creosote, resulted in poor analytical sensitivity, and inaccurate and invalid results.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-110-19; Region-4; NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-78-0060; Wood-treatment; Chemical-exposure; Woodworkers; Physiological-effects; Air-sampling;
8001-58-9; 7778-41-8; 8007-45-2;
Field Studies; Industry Wide
NTIS Accession No.
Industrial Hygiene Section; Industrywide Studies Branch; Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, NIOSH Contract No. 210-78-0060, 14 pages
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