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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-309-1630, Inland Steel, East Chicago, Indiana.

Authors
Almaguer-D; Orris-P
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, HETA 82-309-1630, 1985 Oct; :1-12
NIOSHTIC No.
00157108
Abstract
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and coal tar pitch volatiles at the Inland Steel Company (SIC-3312), East Chicago, Indiana in November, 1982 and September, 1984. The evaluation was requested because of concern about employee exposures during maintenance of the coke battery precipitator at the number 2 facility. Four former employees were interviewed. The cyclohexane soluble fraction of coal tar pitch volatiles ranged from 0.232 to detected. The OSHA standard for naphthalene is 50mg/m3. Other PAHs detected included phenanthrene (85018), fluorene (86737), and acenaphthene (83329). The employees reported experiencing local skin, eye, ear, nose and throat irritation while working on the coke battery precipitator in the past. Personal protective measures such as wearing safety boots, barrier creams on exposed skin surfaces, and showering and changing clothes before leaving the facility had been implemented. The authors conclude that a potential health hazard from PAHs and coal tar pitch volatiles is being adequately addressed by the facility. Recommendations include continuing the present personal protective measures and providing emergency rescue training.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Steel-industry; Region-5; Breathing-zone; Exposure-limits; Physiological-measurements; Clinical-symptoms; HETA-82-309-1630; Author Keywords: Steel Works, Blast Furnaces,including Coke Ovens, and Rolling Mills; Coke Ovens; Coal Tar Pitch Volatiles; CTPVs; Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons; PNAs; Coke Battery Precipitators
CAS No.
91-20-3; 85-01-8; 86-73-7; 83-32-9
Publication Date
19851001
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1986
NTIS Accession No.
PB86-203494
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-82-309-1630
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3312
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
IN; OH
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