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Industrial hygiene survey report of Borg Warner Chemicals, Inc., Woodmar Plant, Washington, West Virginia.
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 147-26, 1986 Aug; :1-25
Due to possible worker exposure to 1,3-butadiene (106990), a walkthrough industrial hygiene survey was conducted at Borg Warner Chemicals Woodmar Facility (SIC-2821), Washington, West Virginia. The primary products of this facility are ABS plastics, polybutadiene latex and styrene butadiene rubber latex. In September of 1981 a butadiene recovery system was added to the process vent streams. Of the total workforce, 54 employees have potential for exposure to 1,3-butadiene. The mean 8 hour time weighted average (TWA) of 23 personal samples collected during several periods in 1983 and 1985 was 4.5 parts per million (ppm). Analysis of a bulk sample showed traces of 1,3-butadiene, in the butadiene were greater than 10ppm for two job classifications, control room and high heat operators. The company has accurate records on terminated and current employees. The author concludes that this facility is a candidate for inclusion in an indepth industrial hygiene survey regarding 1,3-butadiene. The author recommends that the facility continue its project to upgrade the safety features of the process and in particular to place dual mechanical seals on process pumps and a closed loop sampling system for quality control bomb sampling.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-3; Synthetic-rubber-manufacturing; Synthetic-rubbers; Resins; Plastics-industry
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