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Trip report, Institute of Gas Technology, HYGAS Pilot Plant, Chicago, Illinois.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, IWS 059-11, 1976 Nov; :1-7
A site visit was made to the HYGAS Pilot Facility of the Institute of Gas Technology, Chicago, Illinois, for the purpose of increasing familiarity with the HYGAS process for coal gasification and to inform the operators of the facility concerning the industrial hygiene effort on the part of NIOSH in coal conversion operations. At this facility 75 tons per day of coal were used to produce 1.5 million cubic feet/day of synthetic pipeline gas. The workforce at the facility numbered 85 persons with nine operators per shift, 4.2 shifts per day. A total of 25 cases of occupational injuries and illnesses have been reported at this location including two respiratory disorder cases. One of these was a dust disease of the lungs and the other a respiratory condition due to the presence of toxic agents. One of the workers was involved in vacuuming coal fines in a dusty environment without the use of a respirator. The other employee worked in an area near smoking coal, breathing the fumes, wearing a dust mask. All employees underwent a preemployment physical. Detector tube readings for toluene (108883) were negative. The author concludes that this facility should be included in the industrial hygiene characterization project.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-5; Coal-products; Power-generation; Dust-control; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Lung-disorders; Coal-gasification
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