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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-91-131-193-2261, EPA Superfund Site, Newark, New Jersey.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 91-131-193-2261, 1992 Oct; :1-7
In response to a request from the EPA, NIOSH conducted a technical assistance investigation to determine the adverse health effects to hazardous waste site workers at the White Chemical Company EPA Superfund Site (SIC-4953), in Newark, New Jersey. The facility was taken over by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy in May of 1990. EPA assumed responsibility for the site October 1, 1990. During the first week of October 1990, several EPA employees experienced cough, dyspnea, and dry mouth and throat. A fire official who had made fire safety inspections at the site before remediation developed airway hyperresponsiveness. Three workers who worked at the site during early remediation efforts were diagnosed as having reactive airways disease secondary to occupational exposures at the site. A new trailer which was used as a command post at the site had formaldehyde (50000) levels of 0.65 parts per million (ppm), which exceeded the NIOSH recommended exposure limit of 0.016ppm. Vapor clouds had intermittently entered the support zone where respiratory protection was not required. The author concludes that four workers involved in early site remediation and clean up of a hazardous waste site were diagnosed with reactive airways disease. The author recommends measures to reduce any further exposures, although there appeared to be no further physical site modifications necessary at this time.
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