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Walk-through survey report, control technology for the ceramic industry at American Olean Tile Company, Jackson, Tennessee.

Authors
Godbey FW
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, CT 110-25a, 1983 Apr; :1-9
NIOSHTIC No.
00158056
Abstract
Health hazard controls, work processes and control technologies were evaluated at American Olean Tile Company (SIC-3253), Jackson, Tennessee in March, 1983. The company employed about 400 workers to produce glazed floor and wall tile from ball clays, pyrophyllite, and flint. Bulk pyrophyllite was crushed, iron removed, and the material dried. Dried material was passed over a screen to sift out large pieces which were then crushed again. Finely crushed material was blended, then passed into a ball grinding mill. Production size pyrophyllite was transported to a tank, then to a main storage bin. The pyrophyllite material used was an aluminum silicate from an area contaminated with quartz. The entire material particle size reduction process was completely automated, and the grinding area and pyrophyllite storage building was isolated from the main production building. All 16 material transfer points had local exhaust ventilation hoods. The grinding area had a permanently mounted vacuum cleaning system, and annual atmospheric dust sampling was conducted in the pyrophyllite storage and grinding areas. Head protection was required, and other personal protective equipment was provided when needed. The author concludes that this company appears to have effective control systems, and is recommended for an in depth study.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Control-technology; Ceramics-industry; Region-4; Dust-sampling; Tile-workers; Pottery-glaze; Industrial-processes; Silicates; Quartz-dust; Automation; Exhaust-ventilation
Publication Date
19830401
Document Type
Field Studies; Control Technology
Fiscal Year
1983
NTIS Accession No.
PB86-225323
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
CT-110-25a
NIOSH Division
DPSE
Priority Area
Control-technology
SIC Code
3253
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
TN; OH
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