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Industrial hygiene walk-through report, American Talc Co., Alpine, Alabama.
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 036-26, 1976 Aug; :1-11
As part of a preliminary study of the talc mining and milling industry (SIC-1499) a walk through survey was made at the American Talc Company to gather data needed to characterize talc (14807966) compositions in the United States. Twenty six workers were employed during the three shifts at the facility. All worked a 5.5 to 6 day work week. The major product was talc which was ground for applications in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Health and safety hazards identified at the site included potential noise exposure, hazardous working conditions in areas made slippery by a combination of water and talc dust particles, and potential exposure to talc dust. Personnel records were available from 1965. Only six of the current 26 workers have been employed with this same company since it began operating in 1958. It was noted that hard hats, respirators, safety glasses and other protective equipment was not being used at the time of the survey. The author recommends that such equipment should be available and its proper use should be explained. Maintenance programs should be improved and all toxic materials should be properly identified.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-036-26; Region-4; Mining-industry; Milling-industry; Grinding-mills; Mineral-dusts; Dust-inhalation; Personal-protective-equipment
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