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Health hazard evaluation determination report no. HHE-79-108-647, Mobil Chemical Company, Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee.

Authors
Salisbury-SA
Source
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 79-108-647, 1979 Dec; :1-15
NIOSHTIC No.
00092896
Abstract
Herbicide vapor exposures at the Mobil Chemical Company, Crop Chemicals Division (SIC-2879), in Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee, were investigated on July 16 and 17, 1979, after a request was received from a laboratory technician. The facility employed 108 people. Exhaust air velocity was measured at 12 points at the face of four laboratory ventilation hoods and averaged. The velocities were 80, 60, 68, and 26 feet per minute (fpm) for hoods 1, 2, 3 and 4, respectively. These were below the 100 to 150fpm OSHA recommended minimums. No health problems were reported by five laboratory employees, but one worker, interviewed by telephone, complained of occasional headaches, sneezing, coughing, and objectional odors in the laboratory. The author concludes that the herbicide vapors do not present a health hazard, but recommends that the hood exhaust capacity be increased, the gas chromatography vapors be directed away from laboratory personnel, and the movable sash be kept open no more than half way until improvements are implemented.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-79-108-647; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Chemical-factory-workers; Technical-personnel; Air-contaminants; Air-sampling; Ventilation-systems; Region-4; Author Keywords: Herbicide Chemicals; Merphos; Bifenox; Ethoprop; Gas Chromatograph Ejection Ports
Publication Date
19791201
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1980
NTIS Accession No.
PB80-163306
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HHE-79-108-647
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2879
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
TN; OH
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