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HHE Determination Report No. HHE-80-107, Westvaco Corp., Luke, Maryland.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 80-107, 1981 Feb; :1-5
Exposures to asbestos (1332214) were evaluated at the Piedmont Parts warehouse of the Westvaco, Corporation (SIC-4225) in Luke, Maryland on July 31, 1980. The evaluation was requested by a representative of the United Paper Industry Workers Union on behalf of Westvaco employees and the seven workers under contract to strip asbestos insulation from the warehouse. Insulation stripping processes were observed, but no air samples were collected. The seven workers from the contracted company received safety and work process training before the work was begun, underwent preemployment chest X-rays and physical examinations, and used protective clothing and equipment. The insulation was wetted and removed, the surface was vacuumed and sprayed with a zinc based paint, and the asbestos was packed in plastic bags for delivery to an approved disposal site. Westvaco employees entered the warehouse without proper instruction about asbestos hazards or safety procedures. Parts stored in the warehouse were contaminated with asbestos fibers due to improper covering, and some of the doors and holes in the warehouse walls had not been properly sealed to prevent fugitive emissions. The workers also used respirators that were not properly equipped for asbestos exposure. The author concludes that the contractor was operating in accordance with applicable regulations concerning the removal and disposal of asbestos, however deficiencies existed in the personal protective procedures of Westvaco employees. Recommendations are included for controlling asbestos exposure and for worksite decontamination.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-107; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Health-surveys; Asbestos-dusts; Insulation-workers; Dust-control; Occupational-health; Dust-exposure; Control-methods; Author Keywords: Asbestos; Insulation
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