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Industrywide studies report of an in-depth industrial hygiene survey of the Texaco Chemical Company, Port Neches, Texas.

Authors
Ungers LJ; Fajen JM; Roberts D
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, IWS 147-14B, 1986 Apr; :1-40
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00197172
Abstract
In an effort to evaluate worker exposure to 1,3-butadiene (106990) at a monomer production facility and to determine the status and nature of existing engineering controls and industrial hygiene programs, an in depth survey was conducted at Texaco Chemical Company's (SIC-2869) location in Port Neches, Texas. In March of 1980 the facility began recovering 1,3-butadiene from crude ethylene unit byproduct feedstreams purchased from outside producers. Employee 8 hour time weighted average exposures varied greatly across different job categories. Laboratory technicians performing sample cylinder cleaning had the highest mean exposure, 125 parts per million (ppm) of any job category. Process technicians in the loading area had the second highest mean exposure at 64ppm. Mean area concentrations in those work environments measured during normal operating conditions were found to be below 2ppm, with the exception of the laboratory area used to conduct dry analyses which had a mean concentration of 5.1ppm. Recommendations are made to lower the exposure levels at this facility.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-6; Control-technology; Chemical-industry-workers; Chemical-manufacturing-industry
CAS No.
106-99-0
Publication Date
19860401
Document Type
Field Studies; Industry Wide
Fiscal Year
1986
NTIS Accession No.
PB86-224284
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
IWS-147-14B
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2869
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
TX; OH
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