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Preliminary industrial hygiene survey at U.S. Mineral Products, in Stanhope, New Jersey.

Authors
Dement JM
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, IWS 35-29, 1974 Dec; :1-13
NIOSHTIC No.
00106163
Abstract
Worker exposure to respirable mineral fibers and metal fumes at U.S. Mineral Products (SIC-3296) in Stanhope, New Jersey was surveyed on December 11, 1974. The company employed 60 production and maintenance workers on three shifts a day for 5 days a week. There is no in facility medical care. A physician was retained on a 24 hour call basis. There were no preemployment or routine medical examinations and there was no industrial hygiene program. The raw materials used for producing mineral wool fibers were trap rock, limestone and dolomite. Local exhaust ventilation was provided at the fiber bagging and blending areas but was not efficient since considerable airborne dust was present. Airborne fiber concentrations ranged from 0.8 to 2.6 fibers per cubic centimeter in the blowing wool and fiber bagging area. Sixty-five percent of the airborne fibers were respirable. Cobalt (7440484), chromium (7440473), manganese (7439965), nickel (7440020), and lead (7439921) were present in trace amounts. The author concludes that there was significant exposure to respirable mineral wool fibers and recommends better housekeeping practices, engineering controls, modern vacuum methods, the use of respiratory protection, installation of local exhausts, ventilation at all fiber bagging stations and the implementation of a medical surveillance program.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-35-29; Region-2; Respirable-dust; Mineral-dusts; Occupational-exposure; Metallic-fumes; Industrial-hygiene; Air-contamination; Protective-equipment; Sanitation
CAS No.
7440-48-4; 7440-47-3; 7439-96-5; 7440-02-0; 7439-92-1
Publication Date
19741211
Document Type
Field Studies; Industry Wide
Fiscal Year
1975
NTIS Accession No.
PB81-228835
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
IWS-35-29
NIOSH Division
DFSCI
SIC Code
3296
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NJ; OH
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