Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-83-307-1561, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Chem-Dyne Hazardous Waste Site, Hamilton, Ohio.
NIOSH 1985 Jan; :1-57
Area and personal air samples were analyzed for trace metals, acid anions, pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polynuclear aromatic (PNA) compounds, nitrosamines, and other hydrocarbons at the Chem Dyne hazardous waste site (SIC-4783, SIC-9511), Hamilton, Ohio, on June 7 to 10, 1983. The evaluation was requested by EPA as part of an inter agency agreement to evaluate health and safety conditions for EPA and contract employees during drum removal operations at the site. A total of 195 samples, including 57 personal samples, were analyzed. The concentrations of all substances were below their OSHA standards. Two arsenic (7440382) samples, containing 3.0 and 3.4 micrograms arsenic per cubic meter (microg/m3), exceeded the NIOSH recommended criterion of 2microg/m3. No PCBs, PNA, chlorinated pesticides, or nitrosamines were detected. The workers wore respiratory and skin protection. The author concludes that chemical exposures during drum removal operations at the site are minimal. The only potential over exposure is from arsenic. Since one of the arsenic samples was collected inside the contractor laboratory trailer which was well equipped with exhaust hoods and other safety devices, reassessment of on site sample handling procedures is recommended.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Waste-treatment; Region-5; Quantitative-analysis; Trace-analysis; Employee-exposure; Hazardous-materials; HETA-83-307-1561
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-83-307-1561, 57 pages, 7 references