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Preliminary plant visit, industrial hygiene report, formaldehyde production facility, Reichhold Chemicals Incorporated, Moncure, North Carolina.
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 114-16a, 1982 Apr; :1-22
An on site visit was made to Reichhold Chemicals, located in Moncure, North Carolina to evaluate the effectiveness of methods used to control employee exposures to formaldehyde (50000) and other hazardous chemicals. Fourteen of the 29 employees of this company were involved in the production of formaldehyde and resin. Formaldehyde was manufactured by the patented Formox process, using a metal oxide catalyst. Harmful exposures could occur during methanol (67561) unloading and handling, and during the vaporizing and converting of methanol, during cooling of formaldehyde gases in the aftercooler, during entrance of the cooled formaldehyde gases to the absorber, during transfer for storage, and during truck loading operations. Each of these hazardous times was effectively controlled by the carefully engineered safety programs in place at this site. All leaks which were detected appeared to be minor. The industrial hygiene program demonstrated a good awareness at the corporate level of the procedures needed to protect employees. Some problems did exist with worker cooperation with health and safety requirements. It was suggested that proper ventilation be installed in the quality control laboratory and that eyewash and shower stations be added within the facility.
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