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Industrial hygiene survey report at Celotex Corporation, Pittston, Pennsylvania.
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 35-31, 1977 Oct; :1-87
Air sampling, noise and ventilation surveys were conducted at a facility of the Celotex Corporation (SIC-3296) in Pittston, Pennsylvania, on October 4, 1977. First aid was administered by supervisors and trained hourly employees. Pre-employment and periodic examinations were given. The facility had an industrial hygiene supervisor. Earplugs and safety glasses were given to all employees whose job required them. High noise levels were found in the cupola and tile line areas and during the use of air line for cleaning processing equipment. Housekeeping was generally adequate. The enclosure around the spinner in the cupola area did not prevent occasional ejection of molten slag and metal, and emission of fumes and smoke into the area where the cupola operator was located. The potential for inhaling toxic material was found in some areas. Workers were not exposed to total particulate material concentrations above the OSHA limit. The highest respirable particulate value was 1.661 milligrams per cubic meter and all respirable samples were below the OSHA limits. The author recommends replacing Wollastonite with a non-fibrous substitute in the paint mix area, the use of protective gear, periodic maintenance and monitoring of the ventilation system and noise levels, ventilation and cupola area improvements, surveying workers for asbestos exposure and close medical surveillance of workers exposed to airborne Wollastonite.
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