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Walk-Through Survey Report: Control Technology for Solid Materials Handling at Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Steelton Plant, Steelton, Pennsylvania.


PB84180983

Publication Date 1983
Personal Author Heitbrink, W. A.
Page Count 12
Abstract A control technology survey was conducted at Bethlehem Steel Corporation's Steelton facility (SIC-3295) in Steelton, Pennsylvania, on April 15, 1983. The facility's dust control operations during bag opening, dumping, and disposal were examined. The facility employed 125 workers. An automatic bag opener with separate bag compacter was used to empty bags of silica (14808607), flour, fine clay, bentonite (1302789), and cereal binders in various molding sand formulations. Bag opening, emptying, and disposal involved potential respiratory and dermal exposures to settled dust and the contents of the bags. After the bags entered the bag opening machine, the workers were isolated from dust generation. The opening and compacting operations were conducted in a completely enclosed area and a small bag house air cleaner was mounted on top of the bag opener's inlet. Workers opened the bags carefully. Periodic air sampling was performed with an average respirable dust concentration of about 0.5 milligrams per cubic meter. Workers received safety training before beginning operation of the bag opener and personal protection items were required including safety glasses and shoes.
Keywords
  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Iron and steel industry
  • Dust control
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Protective clothing
  • Skin
  • Materials handling
  • Silicon dioxide
  • Clay
  • Bentonite
  • Respiratory system
  • Indoor air pollution
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • SIC 3295
  • CAS 14808-60-7
  • CAS 1302-78-9
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
  • 68A - Air Pollution & Control
Corporate Authors National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH. Engineering Control Technology Branch.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 198414
Walk-Through Survey Report: Control Technology for Solid Materials Handling at Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Steelton Plant, Steelton, Pennsylvania.
Walk-Through Survey Report: Control Technology for Solid Materials Handling at Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Steelton Plant, Steelton, Pennsylvania.
PB84180983

  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Iron and steel industry
  • Dust control
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Protective clothing
  • Skin
  • Materials handling
  • Silicon dioxide
  • Clay
  • Bentonite
  • Respiratory system
  • Indoor air pollution
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • SIC 3295
  • CAS 14808-60-7
  • CAS 1302-78-9
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • 68A - Air Pollution & Control
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