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Indepth Industrial Hygiene Report of Ethylene Oxide Exposure at Union Carbide Corporation, South Charleston, West Virginia.


PB82110024

Publication Date 1979
Personal Author Oser, J. L.
Page Count 25
Abstract Worker exposure to ethylene-oxide (75218), propylene-oxide (75569), isopropyl-alcohol (67630) and allyl-alcohol (107186) was surveyed at Union Carbide Corporation (SIC-2869) in South Charleston, West Virginia, on May 30 and June 1, 1978. The facility employed approximately 1,700 workers and had industrial hygiene, medical and safety programs. Pre-employment and periodic medical examinations were given. Employees were expected to use appropriate protective equipment supplied by the company. Personal air monitoring and sampling were conducted and analysis was performed by gas chromatography. Concentrations of ethylene-oxide, propylene-oxide, isopropyl-alcohol and allyl-alcohol ranged from 1.6 to 23, 0.2 to 2.5, 0.2 to 1.2 and 0.4 to 4.7 parts per million (ppm), respectively. OSHA standards for ethylene-oxide, propylene-oxide, and isopropyl-alcohol were 50, 100 and 400ppm for an 8-hour time weighted average exposure. Allyl-alcohol standards were not given. The author notes that the sampling results were below detectable limits or OSHA standards.
Keywords
  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Ethylene oxide
  • Propylene oxide
  • Isopropyl alcohols
  • Allyl alcohols
  • CAS 75-21-8
  • CAS 75-56-9
  • CAS 67-63-0
  • CAS 107-18-6
  • SIC-2869
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
Corporate Authors National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH. Div. of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies.
Document Type Technical Report
Title Note Industrywide study.
NTIS Issue Number 198203
Indepth Industrial Hygiene Report of Ethylene Oxide Exposure at Union Carbide Corporation, South Charleston, West Virginia.
Indepth Industrial Hygiene Report of Ethylene Oxide Exposure at Union Carbide Corporation, South Charleston, West Virginia.
PB82110024

  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Ethylene oxide
  • Propylene oxide
  • Isopropyl alcohols
  • Allyl alcohols
  • CAS 75-21-8
  • CAS 75-56-9
  • CAS 67-63-0
  • CAS 107-18-6
  • SIC-2869
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
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