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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-284-1456, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Elizabeth Industrial Park Site, Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Costello R; Melius J
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 82-284-1456, 1984 Apr; :1-44
Worker exposures to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), organic vapors, and heavy metals during proposed construction activities were examined at the Elizabeth Industrial Park Site (SIC-1623) in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The area was previously used as a PCB contaminated landfill. The survey was conducted between September, 13 and October 6, 1983. The evaluation was requested by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on behalf of an unspecified number of construction workers. Personal and area air samples, along with wipe samples from work boots, were collected during excavation and piping of a test trench in the most contaminated part of the site. No PCBs were detected in any of the samples, using a detection limit of 0.05 micrograms per sample. Exposures to benzene (71432), toluene (108883), and xylene (1330207) were well below the appropriate OSHA standards, and no heavy metals were found in the air samples. More than 55 percent of the airborne dust particles were of respirable size, between 1 and 10 microns. The authors conclude that construction workers at this site would not be exposed to PCBs or other hazardous chemicals under conditions similar to those used in this test. They recommend the use of protective boots and gloves, and personal air sampling for PCBs and volatile organics for workers employed in relatively non ventilated areas. Respiratory protection is not necessary for workers employed in an open, well ventilated areas.
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