Walk-through Survey at Reynolds Aluminum Company Primary Metals Division, Longview, Washington.
NIOSH 1978 Sep:3 pages
The Longview factory of Reynolds Aluminum Company (SIC-3334) in Longview, Washington, was evaluated on July 28, 1978, for inclusion in a NIOSH retrospective case control study of worker exposures to particulate polycyclic organic matter. The factory contained a north and south facility, built in 1966 and 1941, respectively. Both facilities employed about 400 workers each. The factory maintained a full time doctor and a nurse. Preemployment examinations were required, and annual medical screenings were provided. Complete physical examinations were given every 4 years for workers under 35, and every 2 years for workers over 40. Alumina was converted to aluminum (7429905) by dissolution in molten cryolite (15096523), electrolytic reduction through a carbon-anode to a carbon-cathode in a reduction cell, separation of oxygen, and liberation of carbon-dioxide (124389). Petroleum-pitch and coal-tar (8007452) were used in the production of the reduction cell. Design, operation procedures and engineering controls were markedly different between the north and south facilities. The author concludes that the Longview factory is suitable for inclusion in the NIOSH study, especially since the two facilities within the factory represent both old and new workplace conditions.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-10; Polynuclear-hydrocarbons; Medical-screening; Health-care-facilities; Age-factors; Electrolytic-refining; Petroleum-products; Coal-tar; Respiratory-gases; IWS-38-23;
7429-90-5; 15096-52-3; 124-38-9; 8007-45-2;
NTIS Accession No.
Special Populations; Work Environment and Workforce;
Industrial Hygiene Section, Industry-Wide Studies Branch, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 3 pages