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Health hazard evaluation determination report: HHE-78-104-102, evaluation of flocculant agents, Lundale, West Virgina.

Authors
White KL
Source
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 78-104-102, 1978 Dec; :1-2
NIOSHTIC No.
00122586
Abstract
Worker exposures to the flocculant agents, Superfloc-204 and Superfloc-206 were evaluated at the Buffalo Mining Company's Preparation Facility (SIC-1111), in Lundale, West Virginia, on September 22, 1978. An unidentified individual requested the evaluation on behalf of an unspecified number of workers, work processes and hygienic practices were reviewed. The chemicals were used in powder form and were manually scoped from the bag with a tin can and poured into a mixing basin through a plastic funnel. No protective equipment was used. The author concludes that the exposure was intermittent and minimal and that polyacrylamide pose little or no health problems to the normal individual, and consequently no health hazard from exposure to these polyacrylamides existed at this facility. She recommends the installation of an automatic dry or liquid chemical feeder to minimize worker contact with the chemicals, and the use of the chemicals in a liquid, rather than solid form, to eliminate dust generation.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-78-104-102; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Health-surveys; Mine-workers; Industrial-hygiene; Author Keywords: Flocculant Agents; Anionic Polyacrylamides
Publication Date
19781201
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1979
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-197864
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
HHE-78-104-102
NIOSH Division
DRDS
SIC Code
1111
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
WV
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