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Industrywide studies report of an in-depth survey at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Houston Chemical Plant, Houston, Texas.

Authors
Krishnan ER; Fajen JM
Source
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 147-34B, 1987 Apr; :1-46
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00170417
Abstract
In order to assess worker exposure to 1,3-butadiene (106990), an industrial hygiene survey was conducted at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company (SIC-2822) located in Houston, Texas. A total of 117 personal samples were collected over three shifts representing all job categories with potential exposure. A total of 14 area samples were also collected. Arithmetic and geometric mean full shift exposures across all job categories were less than 15.0 parts per million (ppm). The highest arithmetic mean full shift exposures of 15.0ppm were for laboratory technician and pipefitter categories. The highest individual level monitored was 43.2ppm for a pipefitter. The airborne area samples were at or below about 1.0ppm. Concentrations of 1,3-butadiene at the facility perimeter were less than 0.20ppm. The authors recommend that Goodyear consider conversion to a closed loop sampling system for obtaining quality control samples. This would lower the mean and peak exposures of instrument lab chemists. Leaking pumps, though not observed during these visits, can be hazardous; dual mechanical seals should be used. The general dilution ventilation conditions and hood face velocities in the quality control labs should be investigated. Employees assigned to the task of pipefitting should use respirators with organic vapor cartridges.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-147-34B; Region-6; Rubber-manufacturing-industry; Rubber-workers; Air-sampling
CAS No.
106-99-0;
Publication Date
19870416
Document Type
Field Studies; Industry Wide
Fiscal Year
1987
NTIS Accession No.
PB87-222444
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
IWS-147-34B
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2822
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
TX; OH
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