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Industrial hygiene survey of the Union Carbide Corporation polyvinyl chloride operations, South Charleston, West Virginia.
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 49-16, 1975 Aug; :1-28
Worker exposures to vinyl-chloride (75014) (VC) and noise were determined at the Union Carbide Corporation Polyvinyl Chloride Operations (SIC-2821) in South Charleston, West Virginia, from June 10 to 19, 1974. The survey was part of a NIOSH study of the health effects of occupational VC exposure. The facility employed approximately 1,800 people. The company had formal medical, industrial hygiene, and safety programs. Personal VC samples ranged from nondetectable to 77.0 parts per million (ppm) compared with the OSHA temporary emergency standard of 50ppm peak concentration. The current OSHA standard for VC is 1ppm for a time weighted average. Area samples of VC ranged from 0.6ppm to 8.1ppm for solvent process workers, and from 0.2 to 7.1ppm in the control rooms. Personal VC samples collected in the dynel and dispersion processes ranged from all work areas studied ranged from 60 to 110 decibels relative to the A-weighted scale. The author recommends that further sampling be conducted to determine whether new control measures are effective.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-3; Health-survey; Chemical-manufacturing-industry; Plastics; Air-sampling; Noise-measurement; Worker-health; Industrial-hygiene
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