A manual to accompany a course entitled "Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in the Workplace" given by NIOSH in association with the General Services Administration, Washington, DC, in August 1980 is presented. Course topics include: general background on PCBs; general requirements for compliance with federal laws governing PCB use; PCB filled transformers; non PCB transformers; PCB filled capacitors; underground mining machinery using PCB fluids; PCB use in electromagnets; PCB containing heat transfer fluids; PCB containing hydraulic fluids; and PCB contamination of waste oils. EPA regulations governing each category of use, emergency spill response, and recommendations are given. A transcript of a question and answer session in which the final EPA rules on PCB manufacture, processing, commercial distribution, and restrictions on use were discussed, is included. The criteria document for developing the NIOSH standard for PCB exposure is given. Sampling procedures and analytical methods for the determination of PCB concentrations are also presented. General instructions for preparing a Materials Safety Data Sheet are discussed.
NIOSH, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 363 pages, 302 references