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Industrial Hygiene Survey of Atlantic Cement Co., Ravena, New York.
NIOSH 1981 Apr:23 pages
As part of a study of associations between dust levels and respiratory health in Portland cement production, environmental sampling was conducted at the Atlantic Cement Company in Ravena, New York. This facility was one of the newer and more technically advanced facilities to be surveyed in connection with this larger study. A subset of workers wore respirable dust samplers, and area samples were collected throughout the facility. Only six of 70 respirable dust samples contained detectable levels of quartz (14808607). No cristobalite (14464461) was detected. The respirable dust concentrations were relatively low for most jobs. Corrective recommendations were made to reduce the worker's exposure to airborne dust and concerned the use of administrative changes and use of personal protective equipment. Engineering controls were the recommended courses of action including ventilation system design and the separation from the dust by enclosing either the worker or the dust. Eye irritation and respiratory irritation were experienced by the workers who cut away plates from inside a ball mill with cutting torches.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-2; Dust-exposure; Airborne-particles; Occupational-exposure; Industrial-hygiene; Eye-irritants; Dust-inhalation; Cement-industry; Lung-irritants;
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Environmental Investigations Branch, Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, 23 pages, 3 references
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