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Walk-Through Survey Report As Part of the Sulfuric Acid Study at Bethlehem Steel Company, Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
NIOSH 1979 Aug:13 pages
Worker exposures to sulfuric-acid (7664939) mists were determined at the Bethlehem Steel Company (SIC-3312) in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on March 1, 1979. The company was under consideration for inclusion in a NIOSH study of the health effects of occupational sulfuric-acid exposure. The company employed about 8,600 workers. The facility had an established safety and hygiene program and maintained a physician and industrial hygienist. Personnel records provided demographic information, although most personnel records prior to 1960 had been destroyed in an accident. Samples of sulfuric-acid ranged from 0.016 to 0.050 milligrams per cubic meter in the three work areas studied, and were below the current OSHA standard of 1.0 milligram per cubic meter. The author concludes that this site is not suitable for a retrospective cohort study due to the absence of records, but they recommend that it be considered for the indepth industrial hygiene phase of the study.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-3; Inorganic-acids; Steel-industry; Steelworkers; Health-survey; Air-sampling; Epidemiology; Worker-health; IWS-62-16;
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NIOSH, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, Industry-wide Studies Branch, Industrial Hygiene Section, Cincinnati, Ohio, 13 pages
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