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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-89-274-2200, Lehigh Portland Cement Co., Mason City, Iowa.

Authors
Hanley-KW; Tanaka-S
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, HETA 89-274-2200, 1992 Apr; :1-37
NIOSHTIC No.
00208277
Abstract
In response to a request from the Cement, Lime, Gypsum and Allied Workers Division of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Local 106, a study was conducted of heat stress conditions that kiln assistants were exposed to during water blasting of the preheat tower riser at the Lehigh Portland Cement Company (SIC-3241), Mason City, Iowa. The company manufactured portland cement using the flash calcining preheat process. Measurements indicated that a significant radiant heat load was present at the site, the personal protective equipment used by the workers impeded evaporative loss, and the air stream of the cooling fans exceeded 100 degrees-F which increased the heat burden. Wet bulb globe temperatures ranged from 87 to 103 degrees-F, while dry bulb and black globe temperatures were close to 123 and 140 degrees. The authors conclude that environmental conditions exceeded the evaluation criteria. The authors recommend that radiant heat shields be installed, that refractory linings and cooling air ventilation be added, that area fans be repositioned, that cool potable water be provided, and that a heat stress management program be implemented. The use of body cooling and heat reflective personal protective equipment is stressed.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-89-274-2200; Region-7; Hazard-Confirmed; Hot-environments; Temperature-effects; Heat-exposure; Cement-industry; Personal-protective-equipment; Occupational-exposure;
Publication Date
19920401
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
PB92-219799
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
HETA-89-274-2200
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3241
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
IA; OH
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