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Health hazard evaluation report: TA-80-77-853, Chemical Control Corporation, Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Costello RJ; Melius J
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 80-77-853, 1981 Apr; :1-32
Environmental air samples were obtained and respiratory protective equipment was evaluated during hazardous waste removal from the Chemical Control Corporation (SIC-4783) in Elizabeth, New Jersey, from June 9 to June 16, 1980. The evaluation was requested by the State of New Jersey Department of Health on behalf of an unspecified number of workers after an explosion and fire of sealed chemical wastes at the facility. No overexposures to chemical substances were found. Two incidents of suspected respiratory protective equipment failure were confirmed. Several incidents of worker hospitalizations possibly resulted from heat stress. The authors conclude that a health hazard from hazardous chemicals did not exist at this facility but that programs for worker respiratory protection heat stress, and air monitoring were inadequate. They recommend implementation of a training program for respirator use, procedures for heat stress abatement, medical monitoring of affected workers, and implementation of a program for heat stress monitoring.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; TA-80-77-853; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Air-sampling; Region-2; Personal-protective-equipment; Heat-stress; Health-surveys; Author Keywords: Packing Goods for Shipping; Hazardous Waste Sites; Heat Stress; Respiratory Protection; Air Sampling
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