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Preliminary site visit report, Farmer's Valley Refinery, control technology assessment of petroleum refinery operations.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, ECTB 102-14a, 1982 Feb; :1-32
A visit was made to Farmer's Valley Refinery, near Bradford, Pennsylvania to evaluate control techniques used to limit worker exposure to hazardous chemical and physical agents. Engineering controls, monitoring, personal protective equipment, and work practices were discussed for each of several areas of the workplace. For the methyl-ethyl-ketone (78933) (MEK) dewaxing unit the engineering controls include an ammonia refrigeration building housing the ammonia compressors and controls. The wax filter building was enclosed and had four rotary vacuum filters on the second floor and pumps on the first. Adjacent to this building was the solvent recovery area which was open and contained a number of steam stripping towers. The inert gas generator was located at the end of the solvent recovery area. Draeger tube monitoring was conducted for hydrocarbons, MEK, toluene (108883) and ammonia (7664417). Personal protective clothing was not used in this unit. For furfural extraction the unit was completely open except for the brick pump control room. No continuous monitoring of this area was conducted. No special personal protective clothing was typically used. For bauxite filtering the unit was located adjacent to the MEK-T unit and enclosed in a large metal building. Engineering controls included the use of clay filters and pressure vessels. In this area personnel wore half mask dust respirators. Control measures used at the blending and packaging plant were also described.
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