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Control technology assessment of hazardous waste disposal operations in chemicals manufacturing, walk-through survey report, Olin Chemicals Group, Charleston, Tennessee.
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 103-20a, 1983 Aug; :1-11
A walk through survey was conducted to assess control technology for hazardous wastes disposal operations at Olin Chemicals Group (SIC- 2800, SIC-2812, SIC-2819), Charleston, Tennessee in May 1982. Hazardous wastes generated at the facility included brine sludge, thick mercury (7439954) (Hg) butter, and calcium-hypochlorite (7778543). An estimated 8500 tons of waste were disposed of annually. The Hg waste underwent a retorting process that recycled the Hg. The final detoxified waste was land filled. Brine sludge and calcium-hypochlorite were also land filled. No controls beyond those normally used at such sites were found at the landfills. Periodic monitoring of Hg vapor concentrations was conducted by the company. Medical monitoring of urine for Hg exposure was conducted. Specific limits were set for urinary Hg concentrations. When these limits were exceeded the workers were removed from exposure. Personal protective equipment consisted of hard hats, safety glasses, and respirators specially designed for Hg exposure. The author concludes that the hazardous waste disposal and treatment operations at the facility are well controlled.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Control-technology; Field-Study; Chemical-manufacturing-industry; Engineering; Industrial-wastes; Waste-disposal-systems; Industrial-hygiene; Exhaust-gases; Mercury-vapors; Region-4
Field Studies; Control Technology
NTIS Accession No.
2800; 2812; 2819
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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