Preliminary control technology survey on Western Electric Company, Reading, Pennsylvania.
Smith RK; Rose SG; Ungers LG
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, CT 115-27a, 1984 Jul; :1-22
A survey of control technology at Western Electric Company (SIC- 3674), Reading, Pennsylvania was conducted on January 18, 1982. The primary engineering control was the general ventilation system. Air was conditioned for temperature and humidity before entering the facility. Intake air was cleaned of particulates and blended with recirculated air. Fresh makeup air constituted approximately 20 percent of the total air flow. The ventilation system was monitored periodically to check face velocities and duct flow rates. A hydrogen (1333740) monitor was checked for explosive gas concentrations in areas where hydrogen was used. Industrial hygiene monitoring was conducted periodically for particulates, toxic gases, radiation, and noise. Preplacement and periodic medical examinations were provided. Biological monitoring including chest X- rays, audiometric testing, vision, pulmonary function, renal, and hepatic function tests, and blood and urine analyses were conducted. Personal protective equipment included latex gloves, chemical resistant aprons, safety glasses, and protective suits. The authors conclude that the facility has a well controlled work environment.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Control-technology; Field-Study; Electronics-industry; Industrial-chemicals; Explosive-gases; Industrial-ventilation; Ventilation-systems; Occupational-health-programs; Industrial-hygiene-programs; Personal-protective-equipment; Region-3
Field Studies; Control Technology
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health