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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-83-090-1326, Fort Stanwix National Monument, Rome, 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, HETA 83-090-1326, 1983 Jun; :1-11
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for pentachlorophenol (87865) (PCP) at Fort Stanwix National Monument (SIC-7999), Rome, New York, in February 1983. The evaluation was requested by the US Department of the Interior and was a followup to an earlier survey in which the exposure hazard from the PCP treated walls of the fort had been assessed. Airborne PCP concentrations were below the detection limit, 8 micrograms per cubic meter (microg/m3). The OSHA standard for PCP exposure is 500microg/m3. PCP was detected on the hands of two of the six employees at concentrations of 60 to 70 nanograms per square centimeter (ng/cm2). Workplace surface contamination ranged from less than 10 to 70ng/cm2. Urine samples were collected from the employees and compared with employees from a nearby restaurant. PCP was found in three samples at concentrations of 4.6, 7.2, and 16.3 parts per billion (ppb). Urine samples from the comparison group were below 4ppb. The authors conclude that exposure to PCP at the fort has been reduced to acceptable limits. They recommend that employees should avoid contact with the treated logs and exercise good personal hygiene.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-2; Urinalysis; Employee-exposure; Air-sampling; Workplace-studies; HETA-83-090-1326; Author Keywords: Pentachlorophenol; PCP; wood preservative chemicals
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