HHE Report No. HETA-87-402-2145, LCP Chemicals and Plastics, Inc., Brunswick, Georgia.
Reh-CM; Deitchman-SD; Moss-CE
NIOSH 1991 Oct:39 pages
In response to a request from the International Chemical Workers Union Local 716, an evaluation was made of possible worker exposure to mercury (7439976), chlorine (7782505) and hydrochloric-acid (7647010) at LCP Chemicals and Plastics, Inc. (SIC-2812, SIC-2819), Brunswick, Georgia. This was a chlor-alkali facility which employed about 124 production workers. The main products were chlorine gas, sodium-hydroxide, and sodium-hypochlorite. Air sampling at the site revealed concentrations of hydrochloric-acid and chlorine which were above the recommended limits. All samples analyzed for mercury had concentrations above the recommended limits of 50 micrograms/cubic meter (microg/m3). Six of 29 personal samples for mercury had concentrations above the 50microg/m3 limit with the average mercury exposure concentration for all 29 cell room workers participating in the survey being 31.7microg/m3. Exposure to magnetic fields was below the recommended ceiling limits. The authors conclude that a health hazard existed from exposure to mercury and chlorine in the cell rooms. A health hazard existed in the acid burners area from hydrochloric-acid. The authors recommend measures to lower the exposure of workers to mercury, chlorine, and hydrochloric-acid.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-87-402-2145; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-4; Mercury-poisoning; Occupational-exposure; Heavy-metals; Chemical-manufacturing-industry; Toxic-gases;
7439-97-6; 7782-50-5; 7647-01-0;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-87-402-2145, 39 pages, 23 references