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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-064-1035, United States Steel Southworks, Chicago, Illinois.

Authors
Daniels-W; Orris-P
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 81-064-1035, 1982 Jan; :1-10
NIOSHTIC No.
00121954
Abstract
Personal air samples were analyzed for polychlorinated-biphenyls (PCBs) (1336363) at the United States Steel Southworks (SIC-3312), in Chicago, Illinois, on May 13, 1981. A representative of the United Steelworkers of America, Local 65, requested the evaluation on behalf of about 45 exposed workers. Laboratory analysis detected no PCBs in the air samples collected. The current OSHA standard for 8 hour time weighted average exposure to PCBs is 1.0 milligram per cubic meter (mg/Cum) for PCB mixtures containing 42 percent chlorine, and 0.5 mg/Cum for mixtures containing 54 percent chlorine. The authors conclude that no hazard from exposure to airborne PCBs existed at this facility. They note, however, that a potential for skin exposure to PCBs did exist as a result of employee work practices. They recommend the use of respirators when appropriate, environmental monitoring, medical surveillance of potentially exposed workers, good work sanitation measures, and worker education.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HETA-81-064-1035; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Polychlorinated-biphenyls; Metal-workers; Health-surveys; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: Steel Works, Blast Furnaces [Including Coke Ovens], and Rolling Mills; Polychlorinated Biphenyls; PCBs; Transformer Repair; Askarel; Arochlor
CAS No.
1336-36-3
Publication Date
19820101
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-196759
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-81-064-1035
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3312
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
IL; OH
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