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Industrial Hygiene Survey of the Union Carbide Corporation Polyvinyl Chloride Operations, South Charleston, West Virginia.


PB82150939

Publication Date 1975
Personal Author Jones, J.
Page Count 32
Abstract Worker exposures to vinyl-chloride (75014) (VC) and noise were determined at the Union Carbide Corporation Polyvinyl Chloride Operations (SIC-2821) in South Charleston, West Virginia, from June 10 to 19, 1974. The survey was part of a NIOSH study of the health effects of occupational VC exposure. The facility employed approximately 1,800 people. The company had formal medical, industrial hygiene, and safety programs. Personal VC samples ranged from nondetectable to 77.0 parts per million (ppm) compared with the OSHA temporary emergency standard of 50ppm peak concentration. The current OSHA standard for VC is 1ppm for a time weighted average. Area samples of VC ranged from 0.6ppm to 8.1ppm for solvent process workers, and from 0.2 to 7.1ppm in the control rooms. Personal VC samples collected in the dynel and dispersion processes ranged from 0 to 4.2ppm, and 0.1 to 82.8ppm, respectively. Noise measurement in all work areas studied ranged from 60 to 110 decibels relative to the A-weighted scale. The author recommends that further sampling be conducted to determine whether new control measures are effective.
Keywords
  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Vinyl chloride
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Plastics
  • Noise(Sound)
  • Chemical industry
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • CAS 75-01-4
  • Air sampling
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 Field Studies and Clinical Investigations.
Document Type Technical Report
Title Note Industrywide study.
NTIS Issue Number 198210
Industrial Hygiene Survey of the Union Carbide Corporation Polyvinyl Chloride Operations, South Charleston, West Virginia.
Industrial Hygiene Survey of the Union Carbide Corporation Polyvinyl Chloride Operations, South Charleston, West Virginia.
PB82150939

  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Vinyl chloride
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Plastics
  • Noise(Sound)
  • Chemical industry
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • CAS 75-01-4
  • Air sampling
  • 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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