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Industrial Hygiene Summary Report. Occupational Exposure to Polychlorinated Biphenyls at Six Commercial Facilities, 1976-1977.


PB87101754

Publication Date 1986
Personal Author Roberts, D. R.
Page Count 49
Abstract A survey of occupational exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) was conducted. Personal and area samples were analyzed for PCBs at six facilities: a producer of PCBs, an electrical transformer manufacturer, a renovator of transformers, and three electrical capacitor manufacturers. Average personal exposures ranged from 30.5 to 640 micrograms per cubic meter (microg/m3), the highest exposure occurring at a manufacturer of large and small capacitors utilizing Arochlor-1016 (12674112). The OSHA standard for PCBs containing 42 percent chlorine is 1 milligram/m3. The NIOSH recommended standard is 1microg/m3. Average area exposures ranged from 34 to 237microg/m3. The facilities with the highest average exposures tended to have a greater number of PCB handling operators. The author concludes that airborne PCB exposures at the facilities were generally below the OSHA standards, but exceeded the NIOSH standard. Recommendations were made.
Keywords
  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Electrical industry
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Air pollution
  • Concentration(Composition)
  • Protection
  • Chlorine organic compounds
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls
  • Inhalation
  • Health hazards
  • Maximum permissible exposure
Source Agency
  • Centers for Disease Control Bureau of Laboratories
  • 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. Div. of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 198702
Industrial Hygiene Summary Report. Occupational Exposure to Polychlorinated Biphenyls at Six Commercial Facilities, 1976-1977.
Industrial Hygiene Summary Report. Occupational Exposure to Polychlorinated Biphenyls at Six Commercial Facilities, 1976-1977.
PB87101754

  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Electrical industry
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Air pollution
  • Concentration(Composition)
  • Protection
  • Chlorine organic compounds
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls
  • Inhalation
  • Health hazards
  • Maximum permissible exposure
  • Centers for Disease Control Bureau of Laboratories
  • 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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