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HHE determination report no. HHE-79-094-923, Exxon Chemical Company, Pottsville, Pennsylvania.
Lewis-FA; Thoburn-TW; Donahue-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 79-094-923, 1981 Jul; :1-15
Worker exposures to various chemicals were surveyed on June 12 and 13 and December 5, 1979 and in March, 1980 at Exxon Chemical (SIC- 3079) in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. The evaluation was requested by a representative of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union on behalf of an unspecified number of workers. Air and bulk samples were collected, and 80 workers completed medical questionnaires along with blood lead (7439921) and urinary chromium (7440473) tests. Environmental and bulk sample concentrations of ozone (10028156), lead-chromate (7758976), acetic- acid (64197), hydrocarbons, total dust, 2,6-di-t-butyl-p-cresol, lead, and chromium, butane (106978), pentane (109660), and n-hexane (110543) were either not detectable or were within acceptable limits. Blood lead and urinary chromium concentrations were less than 40 micrograms per 100 milliliters and less than 350 nanograms per milliliter, respectively. The authors conclude that no hazardous exposures exist at this facility. They recommend medical monitoring, provision of showers and changing rooms, prohibition of smoking, eating, and drinking in areas of chemical use, and reevaluation of the ventilation system for the blown film machine.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-79-094-923; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Industrial-factory-workers; Air-sampling; Air-quality-measurement; Health-surveys; Heavy-metals; Metallic-poisons; Control-methods; Author Keywords: Miscellaneous Plastic Products; Lead Chromate; Lead; Chromium; C4-C6 Hydrocarbons; 2,6 di-t-butyl p-cresol; BHT; Ozone; Acetic Acid
7439-92-1; 7440-47-3; 10028-15-6; 7758-97-6; 64-19-7; 106-97-8; 109-66-0; 110-54-3
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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