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Technical Assistance Report No. TA-80-118, FMC Corporation's FMC Mine, Green River, Wyoming, Stauffer Chemical Company of Wyoming's Big Island Mine, Green River, Wyoming.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, TA 80-118, 1980 Dec; :1-2
Toilet facilities for underground miners were evaluated at the FMC Corporation FMC Mine (SIC-1474) and Stauffer Chemical Company (SIC- 28) of Wyoming Big Island Mine in Green River, Wyoming, on September 18, 1980. The evaluation was requested by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) on behalf of an unspecified number of workers to determine sanitation problems in underground trona mines and to evaluate compliance with MSHA Metal and Non-Metal Mine Safety and Health Standard 30 CFR Part 57.20-8. FMC had not taken any action to place sanitary devices underground for miners since promulgation of the regulations, although management informed the investigators that toilets had been ordered. Stauffer's management told the investigators that they had been unable to obtain a device acceptable to their miners, although they had invested considerable money and effort in the attempt. Both companies were concerned about whether miners would use the devices provided. No conclusions were drawn about whether a health hazard existed at the time of the investigation. Recommendations were given for an experimental disposal method for mine advancing sections and for permanent maintenance areas. A follow up visit 60 days after the proposed system had been in operation was recommended to evaluate its effectiveness.
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