Occupational Hazard Control Options for Chemical Process Unit Operations, Preliminary Survey Report for the Site Visit of October 19, 1981 to: Borg-Warner Chemicals, Woodmar Plant, Washington, West Virginia, Contract No.
Enviro Control Division, Dynamic Corporation, Rockville, Maryland 1982 May:13 pages
A survey was conducted to investigate techniques used to control worker exposures to acrylonitrile (107131) at the Woodmar Facility of the Borg-Warner Chemicals Company, in Washington, West Virginia. At this facility many products were made including acrylonitrile- butadiene-styrene (ABS) resins, methyl-methacrylate-butadiene- styrene resins, and other modifier and reinforcing resins used to process other polymers. Both the reactor used to polymerize acrylonitrile into ABS resin and the reaction product hold tank had top entering agitators. Shaft sealing devices kept the vapors of acrylonitriles from escaping. During monomer recovery, gases or vapors evolved in the vessels were collected in the manifold and drawn through a foam knock out tank. The gas passed through a packed column where it was contacted with water sprayed to absorb essentially all residual monomer. Personal protective equipment was used when doing certain jobs to prevent possible skin or eye contact with the chemicals. Operators and maintenance personnel were trained in each operation and task they might encounter so as to minimize possible exposures. Safety standards were in existence which address health hazards of chemicals, mode of emission of chemicals, and control techniques to be used. Management follow up and monitoring programs were designed to ensure consistent application of work practices throughout the facility.
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-80-0071; Resins; Plasticizers; Plastics-industry; Adhesives; Fumigants; Chemical-manufacturing-industry; Pharmaceutical-industry;
Enviro Control Division, Dynamic Corporation, Rockville, Maryland