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Health hazard evaluation report: HHE-80-194-796, U.S.S Novamont Inc. Florence, Kentucky.

Authors
Ruhe-RL; Donohue-MT
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 80-194-796, 1981 Jan; :1-9
NIOSHTIC No.
00114047
Abstract
A health hazard evaluation was conducted at USS Novamont, Incorporated (SIC-2821) in Florence, Kentucky on September 24 and October 7, 1980. The evaluation was requested by the International Chemical Workers Union, Local 501. Environmental and blood samples were analyzed to evaluate employee exposure to lead (7439921) in the cracker house during normal operation and during cleaning of the reactor. Of the eight individuals tested, four were exposed to lead concentrations ranging from 0.06 to 0.38 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/cu m); the OSHA standard is 0.05mg/cu m for an 8 hour time weighted average. The same four employees had blood lead concentrations ranging from 6 to 30 micrograms per 100 milliliters (100ml) blood, well within the 40 micrograms per 100ml limit recommended by OSHA. All operators wore respirators while working. The authors conclude that no health hazard exists at this facility, even though lead exposures sometimes were increased. Personal protective equipment should be used under exposure conditions that cannot be controlled by engineering. General hygienic improvements are recommended in the areas of clothing, personal hygiene and working conditions.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-194-796; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Region-4; Health-surveys; Chemical-industry-workers; Heavy-metals; Lead-absorption; Industrial-hygiene; Author Keywords: Plastics Materials, Synthetic and Resins, and Nonvulcanizable Elastomers; Inorganic Lead
CAS No.
7439-92-1
Publication Date
19810101
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-189234
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HHE-80-194-796
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2821
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
KY; OH
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