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Industrial Hygiene Report, Preliminary Survey Of Wood Preservative Treatment Facility At Koppers Company, Inc., Forest Products Group, Florence, South Carolina.
NIOSH 1979 Nov:14 pages
A walk through survey was conducted at Koppers Company, Incorporated (SIC-2491), Florence, South Carolina in July, 1984. The facility treated poles, posts, and railroad ties with creosote, pentachlorophenol (87865), or chromated copper arsenate. Pentachlorophenol monitoring was performed and showed pentachlorophenol exposures of 0.04 to 0.12 milligram per cubic meter. Sampling was attempted for creosote, but the data was invalid due to faulty analytical techniques. The facility employed 141 people, of whom 125 were production workers and 16 were administrative staff. All employees were required to wear hard hats and safety shoes. Treatment operators and helpers were supplied with eye protection, gloves, boots, disposable coveralls, and slickers when needed. Respirators were provided when entering treatment cylinders. Preemployment medical examinations were conducted on all new employees. Periodical physicals were not offered. No physician or licensed nurse was located on site. Two employees trained in first aid were responsible for providing emergency treatment. About half of the employees used work uniforms while the remainder brought work clothing from home. Showers and change room facilities were provided.
NIOSH-Contract; Analytical-models; Quantitative-analysis; Air-sampling; Exposure-limits; Respiration; Dust-exposure; Emission-sources; Lung-burden; Contract-210-78-0060;
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Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio
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