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Industrial hygiene walk-through report, Milwhite Company Inc., Bryant, Arkansas.
Johnson PL; Jones B
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 036-27, 1976 Jul; :1-11
As part of a continuing study, NIOSH conducted a walk through survey of the Milwhite Company, Inc. (SIC-1499), Bryant, Arkansas to assist in collecting data in an effort to characterize compositions of talc (14807966) in the United States. The facility was engaged in surface grinding operations. Milling operations started in the early 1950s at this site with the grinding of soapstone. The facility currently milled slate and barite as well, for a total combined production of 20,000 tons per year. Finished products were used for asphalt, roofing materials, aggregate in oil well drilling muds, and cement. Eleven workers were employed during two shifts, 5 days a week. Possible health hazards included excessive noise and dust exposures. Personnel records were available, including lost time accident data, Social Security numbers, and work histories from 1955 to the present time. The authors recommend that respirators should be worn by all employees in dusty areas and should be NIOSH approved, noise measurement should be conducted to determine noise exposures, housekeeping should be improved and maintained with a vacuum type system being used where possible rather than shoveling and dry sweeping, and maintenance programs should be improved. Repairs were needed on the cyclone duct systems and dust collectors.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-6; IWS-036-27; Work-practices; Personal-protective-equipment; Control-technology; Mining-industry; Airborne-dusts; Mineral-dusts; Noise-exposure
Field Studies; Industry Wide
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