NIOSH control technology assessment of the plastics and resins industry. A critique of the study report.
Symposium proceedings: control technology in the plastics and resins industry. Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 81-107, 1981 Jan; :26-27
The various features of the report of NIOSH on control technology assessment of the plastics and resins industry were reviewed critically, with emphasis on the area of polyvinylchloride (9002862) (PVC). The time from initiation of the study to information dissemination (approximately 3 years) was excessive. The report was also found to be superficial in that the people who did the work did not know enough about the industry itself. Limited funding was primarily responsible for the very limited downstream study. The recommendations and conclusions were found to be proper, especially on the retrofitting of old plants. The report also did not cover adequately the problem of workers' exposure to vinyl-chloride (75014). The author indicates that the involvement of the workers in preventing exposure is essential and recommends regulations along with thorough education and sound scientific basis to convince employees that minimum exposure is both feasible and necessary. This was a particular problem with employees who had worked under old standards for many years. Computer control is regarded as another way of minimizing exposure, especially in the new plants. The need for input from other agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the participation of the Vinyl Chloride Safety Association, are emphasized.
Control-systems; Plastics-industry; Safety-measures; Chlorinated-hydrocarbons; Chlorinated-ethylenes; Vinyl-plastics; Industrial-exposures; Industrial-hygiene
Symposium proceedings: control technology in the plastics and resins industry