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Industrial hygiene survey of B.F. Goodrich Chemical Company, Port Neches, Texas.
Young RJ; Hartle RW; Ligo R; Marlow D
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 53-10, 1977 Nov; :1-40
Occupational exposure to synthetic-rubber was determined at the B.F. Goodrich Chemical Company (SIC-2822) in Port Neches, Texas, on July 12 to 16, 1976. Toxic materials were manually dumped into blend tanks. Workers ate near areas containing toxic substances, and machinery was poorly maintained. Workers cleaned reactors without wearing respiratory equipment, and housekeeping was poor. Out of 162 personal breathing zone samples, 0.01 milligrams of benzene (71432) was detected in 3 of them. Styrene (100425) was detected in 153 with some samples containing as much as 6.49 parts per million. Butadiene (106990) was present in the backup section of 80 sampling tubes at very low tube loadings. The authors recommend pre- employment and quarterly physicals, continuous inspection for leaks, education on toxic hazards, and provisions for adequate ventilation and safety equipment.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Rubber-industry; Region-6; Health-surveys; Workplace-studies; Air-contamination; Health-services; Industrial-processes; Control-methods; Industrial-hygiene
71-43-2; 100-42-5; 106-99-0
Field Studies; Industry Wide
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