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Report of Visit to General Electric Company, Schenectady, New York.
Enviro Control, Inc., Rockville, Maryland 1977 Nov:4 pages
A meeting was held to discuss the occupational health and safety measures being used by the Fuels Conversion Unit at the General Electric Research Center, Schenectady, New York. At the heart of this facility was a 1 ton per hour, advanced fixed bed coal gasifier. Attempts had been made to control dusty enclosed areas by ventilating to a dust collector. While useful for small specific areas, this was generally unsatisfactory in large areas. Portable air movers controlled leaks from valves and flanges. Single use, disposable coveralls had been found to be of little use for the workers because they were subject to tearing, provide little or no ventilation, were bulky and were not well accepted by employees. Cotton fabrics were considered superior and could be cleaned by dry cleaning procedures using perchloroethylene. A program of zero base physical examinations, with annual examinations thereafter, had been instituted.
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-76-0171; Coal-workers; Coal-gasification; Coal-products; Dust-inhalation; Airborne-dusts; Coal-dust; Safety-practices;
Final Contract Report;
NTIS Accession No.
Enviro Control, Inc., Rockville, Maryland
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