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Industrial Hygiene Report Comprehensive Survey of Wood Preservative Treatment Facility at Santa Fe Centralized Tie Plant, Somerville, Texas, Report No. IWS-110-20a.
NIOSH 1980 Dec:21 pages
Worker exposures to creosote (8021394) were determined at the Santa Fe Centralized Tie Facility (SIC-2491) in Somerville, Texas, on October 6 to 7, 1980. The survey was part of a NIOSH study entitled Industrial Hygiene Assessment of New Agents. The facility employed approximately 158 workers, most of whom worked in production operations. The company maintained a medical, and a safety and industrial health program. Creosote concentrations ranged from current occupational limit of 0.2mg/m3 established for coal tar pitch volatiles. The authors conclude that most of the environmental data indicates good airborne control of creosote exposure. They recommend the availability of work uniforms, employee showering after work shifts, and engineering modifications to reduce the risk of creosote exposure.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-110-20a; Region-6; Health-surveys; Lumber-industry; Air-sampling;
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Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, NIOSH, Centers for Disease Control, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. IWS-110-20a, 21 pages
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