Plant Observation Report and Evaluation, Pennwalt Corporation, Secondary and Tertiary Aliphatic Monoamines.
A site visit was made to the amine manufacturing facility of the Pennwalt Corporation, Wyandotte, Michigan, to evaluate the facility in regard to the Secondary and Tertiary Aliphatic Monoamines Criteria Document. A total of 21 people were directly in contact with the amine production process. Two to four of the maintenance personnel may also come in contact with the process. Maintenance workers ran the risk of exposure not only to primary, secondary and tertiary amine compounds, but also to several other chemicals being used in the process. The processes used to unload raw materials were described, along with reactor operations, decanter and recycling operations, distillation operations, product storage and shipping. Medical monitoring at this facility included chest x-ray, respiratory function tests, sight screening, urinalysis, and back x- rays. Restricted and potentially hazardous area signs were clearly posted. Employees wore hard hats and safety glasses on the job as well as gloves, rubber boots, face shields, goggles, and respirators as necessary. Emergency procedures were described, including fire protection. Sanitation and personal hygiene were discussed, along with monitoring of the workplace conditions.
Franklin Research Center, Silver Spring, Maryland, NIOSH Contract No. 210-79-0091, 66 pages