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Control technology assessment for coal gasification and liquefaction processes, C. F. Braun and Company, Alhambra, California.
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 119-31a, 1982 Apr; :1-15
A control technology assessment for the design of synthetic fuel facilities was conducted at C. F. Braun and Company (SIC-1211), Alhambra, California, on September 17, 1981. The company was cognizant of the potentially hazardous components of the coal conversion process. Little or no planning to incorporate controls for occupational health had been done. The process was designed first, then modified to meet existing regulations. Facilities were designed to meet construction and safety standards but had not incorporated health aspects because of a lack of standards regulating worker exposures. The company addressed health related issues at a later stage in the development of the overall gasification system. The author concludes that architectural and engineering firms do not include equipment for occupational health during the conceptual design of facilities for economic reasons. Coal conversion units are designed to meet existing or proposed exposure standards, but have no way of determining synergistic effects of products. Design firms should include existing occupational health standards early in the design phase. Retro- fitting equipment is costly and not necessarily the best means for reducing workplace exposures. Workplace exposure standards for chemicals produced at coal conversion facilities must be determined.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; NIOSH-Contract; Control-technology; Coal-gasification; Fuel-production; Standards; Occupational-hazards; Fire-hazards; Dust-exposure; Industrial-hazards; Noise-exposure; Field-Study; Industrial-exposures; Region-9
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