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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-372-1727, Exxon Corporation, Bayway Refinery and Chemical Plant, Linden, New Jersey.
Liveright-T; Gann-P; McAna-J
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 81-372-1727, 1986 Sep; :1-37
A representative of Teamsters Local 877 requested an evaluation of the hazards of asbestos (1332214) exposure at the Exxon Bayway Refinery and Chemical Plant (SIC-2011), Bayway, New Jersey. Approximately 2,100 workers were employed at the facility. Asbestos was extensively used for insulation at this facility before 1972. Chest x-rays of retired and current workers with at least 20 years employment at the facility were reviewed and the relationship of work history to asbestos related x-ray abnormalities was investigated. Oil refinery and petrochemical workers examined showed several abnormalities on chest x-rays. Pleural abnormalities were more prevalent than parenchymal ones. Abnormal chest x-rays were found among workers from various job categories, suggesting that exposures were dispersed and widespread. There was a general relationship between length of employment and the appearance of x- ray abnormalities. The authors conclude that there is a possibility of increased risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma in exposed workers. The higher prevalence of pleural to parenchymal abnormalities suggests that asbestosis is not as significant a concern. The authors recommend that a standardized mortality ratio study be conducted. Recommendations are also made concerning workplace controls and practices, use of personal protective equipment, handling and storage of asbestos, and medical examinations before employment.
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