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Control technology assessment for coal gasification and liquefaction processes, Coal Gasification and Gas Purification Unit (CGGPU), Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
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 119-27a, 1982 Apr; :1-40
A control technology assessment was conducted at the Tennessee Valley Authority, National Fertilizer Development Center (SIC-3312), Muscle Shoals, Alabama in September 1981. The purpose of the visit was to study control technologies for preventing exposures to hazardous agents in coal conversion facilities. An industrial hygiene program was developed that was to be implemented when the facility achieved a steady state of operation. The program consisted of continuous area monitoring, compliance surveillance, and research monitoring. Continuous monitoring for hydrogen-sulfide (7783064), carbon-monoxide (630080), and combustible gases was conducted. Remote detection probes were located throughout the main process area to monitor concentrations within the work place. All employees participated in a 14 hour training program. The medical program consisted of preemployment and annual physical examinations (with emphasis on skin, respiratory, and genitourinary tracts) and included chest X-rays, audiograms, pulmonary function tests, and skin examinations. The author concludes that existing work practices and protective clothing requirements should provide adequate protection against dermal contact with polynuclear aromatics. Barrier creams may also be effective. Escape type respirators are recommended and air purifying respirators may be used under certain conditions. Fresh air supplied equipment should be used with hydrogen-sulfide and carbon-monoxide.
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