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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-91-115-2299, Inland Steel Company, East Chicago, Indiana.

Authors
Kinnes-GM; Tubbs-RL; Barsan-ME
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 91-115-2299, 1993 Apr; :1-31
NIOSHTIC No.
00218676
Abstract
In response to a request from management and the United Steelworkers of America, Local 1010, an investigation was begun into potential employee exposures in areas of the cold strip mill at the Inland Steel Company (SIC-3316), East Chicago, Indiana. The facility produced cold rolled steel. Oil mist, naphtha (8030306), acid mist, metals, and hydrocarbons were measured in personal breathing zone and general area air samples from the facility. Airborne oil mist levels ranged up to 0.29mg/m3. Airborne naphtha concentrations ranged up to 43mg/m3. Hydrochloric-acid (10035106) and sulfuric- acid (7664939) were detected at concentrations below the evaluation criteria of 7mg/m3 as a ceiling and 1mg/m3. During a welding operation, low concentrations of calcium (7440702), iron (7439896), magnesium (7439954), and zinc (7440666) were detected. An attempt was made to identify potential contaminants produced as emissions from heated oils. The authors conclude that excessive exposure to oil mist, naphtha, acid mist, and metals were not found at the time of the survey, although these levels may not be indicative of typical exposures. Noise exposures exceeded evaluation criteria in several areas. The authors recommend that further industrial hygiene sampling be conducted, and that the hearing conservation program be improved.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-91-115-2299; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Noise-exposure; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Occupational-exposure; Steel-industry; Acid-mists;
CAS No.
8030-30-6; 10035-10-6; 7664-93-9; 7440-70-2; 7439-89-6; 7439-95-4; 7440-66-6
Publication Date
19930401
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1993
NTIS Accession No.
PB94-162898
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
HETA-91-115-2299
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3316
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
IN; OH
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