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Fluorocarbons, Industrial Hygiene Survey at General Electric Co., Appliance Park, Louisville, Kentucky.
NIOSH 1977 May:12 pages
Worker exposure to fluorocarbons were determined at the General Electric Appliance Park (SIC-3585) in Louisville, Kentucky, on July 27 and 28, 1976. Several hundred employees were assigned to the refrigeration compressor assembly area that was surveyed. The company maintained a fully staffed medical and industrial hygiene and safety program. Personnel records provided demographic information and work histories. Personal air samples for fluorocarbons in the changing area ranged from 0.7 to 4.9 parts per million (ppm). General air concentrations in the changing area ranged from 0.7 to 8.4ppm. The Time Weighted Average (TWA) exposure concentrations for refrigerant changing operators ranged from 1.2 to 2.9ppm, compared with the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists TWA standard of 1,000ppm. The author concludes that the existing control efforts in this facility are effective in maintaining worker exposures to fluorocarbon well below federal standards. Inadequacies in the personnel record system precludes the inclusion of this facility in a proposed NIOSH retrospective epidemiological study of the health effects of fluorocarbon exposure.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Refrigeration-equipment; Region-4; Workplace-studies; Occupational-health-programs; Air-quality-measurement; Control-methods; Industrial-processes; IWS-50-12;
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NIOSH, Division of Field Studies and Clinical Investigations, U.S. Department of H.E.W.
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