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Industrywide studies report of indepth survey of Nalco Chemical Company, Garyville, Louisiana, project number P-84-30.

Authors
Hills B
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, IWS 145-13b, 1985 Jun; :1-27
NIOSHTIC No.
00150851
Abstract
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for acrylamide (79061) at Nalco Chemical Company (SIC-2869, SIC-2899), Garyville, Louisiana in April, 1984. Breathing zone time weighted average (TWA) acrylamide concentrations ranged from 0.003 to 0.012 milligram per cubic meter (mg/m3), arithmetic mean, 0.005mg/m3. The OSHA TWA standard for acrylamide is 0.3mg/m3. Environmental (wipe) samples contained 3.6 to 5.5 micrograms acrylamide per sample (microg/sample), barely above the limit of detection, 1.76microg/sample. During the survey, dried acrylamide powder was not evident on the equipment or floor. Forty employees, including maintenance workers, worked in the acrylamide areas. Since 1974, as many as 80 employees have worked in the acrylamide and polyacrylamide (9003058) production areas. The author notes that based on a previous walk-through survey, the company practices good housekeeping. He concludes that exposures to airborne acrylamide at the facility are very low. The number of employees exposed to acrylamide is too small to conduct an epidemiological survey. The facility, however, could possibly be included in a larger industrywide survey.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-145-13b; Region-6; Chemical-manufacturing-industry; Air-sampling; Quantitative-analysis; Air-sampling-techniques; Epidemiology; Safety-engineering
CAS No.
79-06-1; 9003-05-8
Publication Date
19850612
Document Type
Field Studies; Industry Wide
Fiscal Year
1985
NTIS Accession No.
PB89-101216
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
IWS-145-13b
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2869; 2899
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
LA; OH
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