Study report: evaluation of dustiness test methods and recommendations for improved dust control at Heubach Inc., Newark, New Jersey.
Cooper TC; Heitbrink WA; O'Brien DM
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 154-11a, 1989 Feb; :1-53
A study was made of methods in place at the Heubach Inc. (SIC-2816, SIC-2865) facilities located in Newark, New Jersey, for the control of dust during the production of inorganic lead-chromate and organic pigments. This study centered in the packaging, bag filling, area of a particular building and in the bag emptying area of a second building. A 15 year old St. Regis force flow packer and a 20 year old St. Regis auger packer were used to package pigment in multiple paper bags in 50 pound quantities. In the bag emptying area semibulk or sling type bags, fiber drums, and 50 pound paper bags were emptied at one of five dump stations. A number of practices were used by this company to reduce worker dust exposures. These included product modification, process equipment design, local exhaust ventilation, personal protective equipment, and administrative controls. Some of the lead (7439921) pigments have been modified by using a proprietary additive to reduce their dustiness. Other equipment controls were discussed. Personal protective equipment was provided in the form of respiratory equipment, hearing protective devices, rubber gloves, hard hats, plastic aprons, regular and disposable coveralls, underwear, socks and shoes. Each employee viewed a 90 minute video on safety once a year, and the importance of good hygiene was stressed. Also discussed in this report was an evaluation of the dustiness test procedures and the correlation of the worker exposure with the dustiness test results. The authors recommend improved process design, ventilation and work practices for reducing lead exposures.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-2; Dust-control; Control-technology; Airborne-dusts; Dust-inhalation; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Metal-dusts; Heavy-metals; Paint-manufacturing-industry
Field Studies; Control Technology
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