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

Trout DB; Sylvain D
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
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; Author Keywords: Steel works; steel mill; slag; basic oxygen furnace; irritant contact dermatitis; airborne; dust
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