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Health hazard evaluation report: HHE-80-194-796, U.S.S Novamont Inc. Florence, Kentucky.
Ruhe RL; Donohue MT
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
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.
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
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