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Control Technology Assessment for Coal Gasification and Liquefaction Process, General Electric Company, Corporate Research and Development Center, Coal Gasification Section, Schenectady, New York.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, ECTB 119-16a, 1980 Jul; :1-27
A control technology survey was conducted at General Electric Company, Corporate Research and Development Center, Coal Gasification Section (SIC-5161), Schenectady, New York, on July 10, 1979. The General Electric gasification process was of particular interest to the control technology study for coal conversion operations because of its novel approaches to recycling tar, reducing quantities of gas liquor produced, and reducing manpower required to operate the coal gasifier. Potential hazards were noise, fire, coal dust, gases, alkali metals, hot tars, hydrogen- sulfide (7783064), carbon-monoxide (630080), carbon-dioxide (124389), and light organics. The health and safety program was designed to control exposures and contain hazardous agents. The goal was met by minimizing exposures to coal derived liquids and vapors, and by the use of barriers to isolate contaminated areas. Preemployment and annual physical examinations were provided. Mandatory work procedures were outlined and access to liquid areas was limited. A separate dressing area was equipped with showers. Showers were mandatory for workers who touched equipment or who were in the liquid area for 20 minutes or more. Protective clothing and equipment were provided as were annual training sessions. Hydrogen- sulfide and carbon-monoxide were monitored continuously.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; NIOSH-Contract; Control-technology; Field-Study; Coal-gasification; Fuel-production; Health-programs; Standards; Safety-education; Corrosive-materials; Occupational-exposure; Region-2
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Field Studies; Control Technology
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