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