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Industrial hygiene walk-through report, Texas Talc Company, Texas- Pacific (TP) 1 and 2 Mines, (Dallas Ceramics Company), Van Horn, Texas, Report No. IWS-036-19.
NIOSH 1976 Jun; :1-11
As part of a larger study, NIOSH conducted a walk through survey of the Texas Talc Company (SIC-1499), Van Horn, Texas to gather data to characterize talc (14807966) composition. Mining at this location started in 1966. There were 11 workers at the site employed during the 8 hour workday. All were alternated as drivers, blasters, loaders, and track drill operators. Both mines in operation used open pit bench quarry techniques. Raw ore was loaded onto trucks to be transported for primary crushing. Crushed ore 1 to 3 inches in size was either stockpiled or loaded into railroad cars for shipment. The ceramic and paint industries received most of the finished products. Potential health hazards included exposures to noise and dust. Personnel records prior to 1974 were not complete. Records from that time were located at the Van Horn facility and included Social Security numbers, job descriptions and work histories. The author recommends that roadways to and from the mines should be wet down, mandatory respiratory protection should be provided and used for all workers in dusty areas, and that a safety program should be devised and implemented at the site.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-6; IWS-036-19; Work-practices; Control-technology; Mine-workers; Mining-industry; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Airborne-dusts; Noise-exposure; Mineral-dusts
Industry Wide; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. IWS-036-19, 11 pages
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