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Industrial Hygiene Report-Comprehensive Survey of Wood Preservative Treatment Facility at International Paper Company, Wiggins, Mississippi, Report No. IWS-110-22.
NIOSH 1980 Jan:20 pages
Worker exposures to creosote (8001589), and pentachlorophenol (87865) (PCP) were determined at the International Paper Company (SIC-2621) in Wiggins, Mississippi on August 26 and 27, 1980. The survey was part of a NIOSH study of the health effects of occupational exposure to wood preservatives. Approximately 69 of the employees at the facility were assigned to the wood production and treating process areas that were surveyed. The facility maintained an industrial hygiene and safety program. Medical services were provided by an on call physician, a full time facility nurse, and employees trained in first aid. Average PCP concentrations over the full shift ranged from 10.1 to about 25 micrograms per cubic meter, below the current occupational limit of 500 micrograms per cubic meter. Creosote air concentrations ranged from 0.045 to 0.352 micrograms per cubic meter, also below the OSHA standard of 0.2 milligrams per cubic meter. The author concludes that while exposures were below environmental criteria, they could be further reduced by shortening the work operations at the Cellon process. He also recommends minimizing skin contact and adsorption from contaminated clothing.
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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
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