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Chemical, noise hazards at drum refurbishing plant.
Fent-KW; Page-E; Brueck-SE; Niemeier-MT
Safety & Health Spotlight, 2012 Apr; :1-2
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, received a request for a Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) at a chemical drum refurbishing plant. The plant had about 50 employees. Some of the employees reported respiratory irritation, chemical burns, and headaches from exposure to chemicals in the drums. They were also concerned about high noise levels at the plant. The plant received 55-gallon drums, most of which had been used to store caustics and acids, and 275- or 330-gallon totes that previously held various chemicals. It only accepted drums and totes that contained drip-dry nonviscous material, or up to one inch of viscous material. Totes were made of plastic surrounded by steel mesh; most of the drums were plastic. The plant also refurbished steel drums, but we did not observe these being cleaned during the HHE. Drums and totes were emptied of residual chemicals, cleaned, and then shipped to customers for reuse. Drums that were worn out or had leaks were shredded and recycled.
Respiratory-irritants; Chemical-burns; Noise-exposure; Hydrocarbons; Volatiles; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Noise-levels; Noise-control; Noise-shielding; Hearing-conservation; Hearing-disorders; Hearing-impairment; Hearing-loss; Hearing-protection; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Protective-clothing; Eye-protection; Eye-shields; Training; Author Keywords: Industrial Supplies Merchant and Wholesalers; drum refurbishing; noise; chemicals; trimethyl benzene
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