Industrial Hygiene Survey of the B. F. Goodrich Chemical Company, Polyvinyl Chloride Operations, Avon Lake, Ohio.
NIOSH 1976 Mar:25 pages
Worker exposures to vinyl-chloride (75014) (VC) airborne polyvinyl- chloride (9002862) (PVC) dust and noise were surveyed at the B. F. Goodrich Chemical Company (SIC-282) Polyvinyl Chloride Operations in Avon Lake, Ohio, from December 4 to 11, 1975. The facility manufactured PVC by using suspension and emulsion processes. Plasticizers, polyurethanes and acrylates also were produced. Two hundred persons were employed in the PVC polymerization areas. The study was conducted as part of a NIOSH industrywide study were of the vinyl-chloride industry. Personal VC concentrations ranged from ranged from 1.4 to 22.7ppm. Area concentrations of VC ranged from 1.0 to 15.9ppm and PVC dust concentrations ranged from 2 to 18.62 milligrams per cubic centimeter. Noise levels ranged from 62 to 96 decibels. The author concludes that VC concentration have been reduced significantly since a walk through survey in March 1974 but they were not below the current OSHA standard of 1ppm.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-5; Plastics; Air-contamination; Noise-analysis; Occupational-exposure; Noise-levels; Health-hazards; Standards; IWS-49-15;
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NIOSH, Environmental Investigations Branch, Division of Field Studies and Clinical Investigations, 25 pages