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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-467-1138, Olin Chemical Corporation, Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Authors
Lee-SA; Lipscomb-J
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 81-467-1138, 1982 Jul; :1-27
NIOSHTIC No.
00127488
Abstract
Possible health hazards due to worker exposure to chlorinated isocyanurates at Olin Chemical (SIC-286), Lake Charles, Louisiana were investigated. The study was requested by Local 407 International Union of Operating Engineers and was performed on November 3 and 4, 1981. At the time of the survey about 90 workers were employed in production activities associated with packaging trichloroisocyanuric-acid (87901) (TCCA) and sodium- dichloroisocyanurate (2893789) (NaDDC). Personal breathing zone sampling and medical interviews were performed. Particulate concentrations ranged from 0.11 to 38 milligrams per cubic meter. About 60 percent of the dust near the packaging areas was within the respirable size range. No OSHA standards for exposure to any chlorinated isocyanurates have been developed. Workers used respirator facepieces with high efficiency particulate filters. All production workers reported one or more work related symptoms. The most common symptoms were eye irritation and cough. Seventy eight percent of the women interviewed reported problems or changes in their menstrual cycle since beginning work in the packaging area. The authors conclude that workers are not adequately protected from the irritant effects of TCCA and NaDDC. Engineering controls, medical surveillance, respiratory protection and improved housekeeping procedures are recommended.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Office-workers; Ventilation-systems; Air-sampling; Medical-examinations; Occupational-exposure; REGION-6; HETA-81-467-1138; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: Industrial Organic Chemicals; Trichloroisocyanuric Acid; Sodium Dichloroisocyanurate; TCCA; NaDCC
CAS No.
87-90-1; 2893-78-9
Publication Date
19820701
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-139427
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-81-467-1138
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
286
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
LA; OH
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