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Industrial hygiene walk-through survey report of the B.F. Goodrich Company, Louisville Facility, Louisville, Kentucky.
Roberts DR; Krishnan ER
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 147-25, 1986 Ap; :1-25
A walkthrough survey was conducted at the BF Goodrich Company (SIC- 2822), Louisville, Kentucky in August, 1985. The purpose of the survey was to obtain information on the nitrile rubber production process and evaluate the potential for exposure to 1,3-butadiene (106990). Bulk samples of nitrile rubbers were analyzed for 1,3- butadiene. Company air monitoring data was reviewed. Nitrile rubber was produced by a batch emulsion polymerization process utilizing acrylonitrile (107131) and 1,3-butadiene. The facility used single mechanical seals on pumps, dual mechanical seals on compressors, and magnetic gauges on tank cars to minimize exposure to 1,3-butadiene. Trace amounts, 0.04 to 0.2 nanograms per milligram, of 1,3-butadiene were found in the bulk samples. The geometric means of personal 1,3-butadiene exposures for all job categories over the preceding 6 years were below 2 parts per million. The company maintained personnel records going back 30 years, on those terminated, as well as current employees. All employees received a pre employment physical examination and each could obtain an annual physical. The authors conclude that the facility should be given an in depth survey. The purpose of such a survey is to develop an exposure profile for all job categories associated with producing and distributing 1,3-butadiene based products.
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