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Health hazard evaluation report: HHE-80-122-921, Port of Sacramento, Sacramento, California.
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 80-122-921, 1981 Jul; :1-8
Worker exposures to coke dusts and fertilizers were surveyed on May 13 and November 25 and 26, 1980 at the Port of Sacramento (SIC-9999) in Sacramento, California. The evaluation was requested by a representative of the International Longshoreman's and Warehousemen's Union, Local 17, on behalf of a variable number of port workers. Personal breathing zone air samples were collected along with bulk samples. Workers were questioned about work related health symptoms. Coke dust exposures to the track mobile operators were below California OSHA standards of 10 milligrams per cubic meter. Exposures to car door openers exceeded OSHA standards, but no hazard was evident since the workers used protective equipment. No air sampling was conducted for fertilizers. Bulk warehouse workers reported respiratory difficulties and nausea when handling coke fertilizer. Warehouse workers reported various symptoms depending on the type of fertilizer handled. The authors conclude that no hazardous coke exposures exist at this facility; worker health complaints can be alleviated by unclogging or replacing clogged respirator cartridges. Symptoms related to fertilizer exposure can be reduced by the use of protective equipment. The development of sampling and analytical methods for assessing fertilizer exposure is recommended.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-122-921; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-9; Workplace-studies; Mineral-dusts; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Air-contamination; Control-methods; Clinical-symptoms; Materials-handling; Author Keywords: bulk storage facilities; coke; fertilizers; hydroprils; ammonium sulfate; calcium nitrate; ferrous sulfate
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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