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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-95-0105-2540, LTV Steel Company, Cleveland, Ohio.

Authors
Trout-DB; Sylvain-D
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 95-0105-2540, 1995 Nov; :1-18
NIOSHTIC No.
00230305
Abstract
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.
Keywords
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;
Publication Date
19951101
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1996
NTIS Accession No.
PB96-191994
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-95-0105-2540
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3312
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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