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Industrywide studies report of an industrial hygiene survey at BP America, Lima, Ohio.
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 084-20-11, 1990 Apr; :1-37
An on site visit was conducted at BP America (SIC-2869), Lima, Ohio for purpose of determining employee exposure to acrylonitrile (107131) (AN) at this site. Production of the AN monomer began in 1960. Methylacrylonitrile (126987) has also been produced. Annual production of AN had grown from 100,000,000 pounds per year in the early 1960s to about 300,000,000 pounds in 1983. AN exposure was very high in the early years and had decreased since that time. AN production and off site and loading employees have probably had the highest exposure levels, followed by Barex, laboratory and maintenance and engineering personnel. Significant adverse health effects have resulted from the exposures to other materials at the facility. Tasks which have an increased risk of AN exposure include collecting and analyzing quality control samples, checking tank levels, breaking into lines, decontaminating equipment, and handling waste materials. The passage of the OSHA standard resulted in better work practices, better use of personnel protective equipment, and the addition of engineering controls to help reduce exposure.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-084-20-11; Region-5; Chemical-industry-workers; Chemical-manufacturing-industry; Nitriles; Control-technology
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