HHE Report No. HETA-95-0105-2540, LTV Steel Company, Cleveland, Ohio.
NIOSH 1995 Nov:18 pages
In response to a request from the United Steelworkers of America, Local 1157, an investigation was begun into the potential relationship between skin rashes in workers in the basic oxygen furnace (BOF) area and exposure to a slag conditioning agent at the LTV Steel Company (SIC-3312), Cleveland, Ohio. The company produced flat rolled steel. About 300 workers worked in the BOF area. Seven personal breathing samples and 12 bulk samples of area dust were collected for analysis. Exposures to elemental metals in airborne dust were below the occupationally allowed levels in all personal breathing zone samples. Bulk samples contained a variety of metals with skin irritant potential. Recent occurrences of work related irritant contact dermatitis or an exacerbation of an underlying skin condition brought on by workplace exposure to dust were identified in seven workers. The authors conclude that the dust levels in the BOF area were sufficiently high to be potential skin irritants. The authors recommend that attempts be made to reduce the handling of slag in the BOF area, to remove dust from surfaces where workers may come into contact with it, to use disposable one piece coveralls as dust barriers, and to encourage workers to periodically wash with a mild soap to remove dusts.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-95-0105-2540; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Dust-exposure; Airborne-dusts; Steel-industry; Skin-irritants;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-95-0105-2540, 18 pages, 8 references