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Health hazard evaluation determination report: HHE-79-65-98-748, Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation Coke Plant, Follansbee, West Virginia.

Authors
Lewis-FA
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 79-65-98-748, 1980 Oct; :1-13
NIOSHTIC No.
00109436
Abstract
Occupational exposures to phenol (108952), sulfur-dioxide (7446095), hydrogen-sulfide (7783064), ammonia (7664417), sulfuric-acid (7664939) mist, coal-tar-pitch (65996932) volatiles, benzene (71432), carbon-monoxide (630080), and polynuclear aromatics were determined at the Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corporation Coke Facility (SIC-3312) in Follansbee, West Virginia, on May 3, and June 29, 1979. The evaluation was requested by Workers of America, District 23, Local Union 1190. Results of the 8 hour time weighted average area samples and detector tube grab samples were within the environmental criteria and standards for each of the air contaminants tested. Ventilation measurements taken at each work station showed about 25 feet per minute of air movement. Medical interviews revealed complaints of headache, nausea, eye irritation, throat irritation, and skin irritation problems among several workers. The author concludes that no air contaminant hazard exists from exposure to the toxic substances tested. He recommends improved ventilation in the desulfurization booster room and the use of personal protective clothing or barrier creams by exposed workers.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-79-65-98-748; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Health-surveys; Workplace-studies; Steel-industry; Air-sampling; Worker-health; Industrial-hygiene; Air-contamination; Author Keywords: Phenol; Sulfur Dioxide; Hydrogen Sulfide; Ammonia; Hydrogen Sulfide; Sulfuric Acid Mist; Coal Tar Pitch Volatiles; Benzene; Carbon Monoxide; Polynuclear Aromatics
CAS No.
108-95-2; 7446-09-5; 7783-06-4; 7664-41-7; 7664-93-9; 65996-93-2; 71-43-2; 630-08-0
Publication Date
19801001
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-150251
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HHE-79-65-98-748
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3312
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
WV; OH
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