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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-031-1209, Gulf Oil Corporation, Belle Chasse, Louisiana.
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 81-031-1209, 1982 Oct; :1-12
Worker exposures to phenol (108952) and hydrogen-fluoride (7664393) were investigated on January 22, 1981 at the Gulf Oil Corporation Alliance Refinery (SIC-2865) in Belle Chase, Louisiana. The survey was requested by an employee on behalf of about 24 exposed workers. Earlier air sample test results were reviewed along with the OSHA Illness/Injury log, and workers were given directed medical questionnaires. Reported workplace concentration of phenol and hydrogen-fluoride were well below the NIOSH 15 minute ceiling standards of 20 and 2.5 milligrams per cubic meter, respectively. Occasional eye irritation, sometimes accompanied by cough and nasal irritation, was reported by 83 percent of the workers. These symptoms were associated with the release of hydrogen-fluoride from the alkylation unit. No other frequent symptoms were reported. The authors conclude that no exposure hazard exists at the refinery. They recommend the use of alarm systems, protective equipment, and employee training.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Occupational-exposure; Medical-surveys; Oil-refinery-workers; Control-technology; HETA-81-031-1209; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-6; Author Keywords: Cyclic Organic Crudes and Intermediates and Organic Dyes and Pigments; Phenol; Hydrogen fluoride; Allergies
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