HHE Report No. HHE-72-37-18, Empire Detroit Steel Company, New Boston, Ohio.
NIOSH 1972 Aug:7 pages
Results of a health hazard evaluation requested by the employees of the Empire Detroit Steel Company (SIC-3325) were reported. The employees were concerned about exposure to a number of physical and chemical agents found in the coke oven unit, the coke factory, and the blast furnace. On an initial visit in June, 1972, 19 workers exposed to coal-tar-pitch (8007452) volatiles and coke dust from the coke ovens were observed. Excessive noise was created by dumping coal-tar-pitch from railroad cars. Workers in the blast furnace were exposed to noise, carbon-monoxide (630080), and heat. An environmental survey conducted 3 weeks later revealed that the coal- tar-pitch concentration exceeded the Department of Labor standard of exposed to noise in the 107 to 113 decibel range. No carbon- monoxide was detected. No evaluation of the blast furnace area was conducted because the employees in that area were on strike and the furnace was not fully operational. Recommendations include the use of Bureau of Mines approved respirators in the coke and coal-tar- pitch areas, rotation of the workers to prevent heat exhaustion, and the use of protective clothing. To reduce noise levels, engineering controls are recommended. The use of personal protective equipment should be implemented until these controls are effective.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Steel-industry; Region-8; Industrial-noise; Safety-practices; Work-environment; Employee-exposure; Toxic-vapors; HHE-72-37-18;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluation Services Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HHE-72-37-18, NTIS PB-229115-1GA, 7 pages, 1 reference