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NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) Testimony to DOL (Department of Labor) on Proposed Standard for Coke Oven Emissions by E. Baier, November 4, 1975.


PB87222832

Publication Date 1975
Page Count 9
Abstract The speaker testified that a total weight of particulate from a worker's breathing zone sample would best serve as a screening device for workplace evaluation of exposure to coke oven emissions. It was recommend that an interim exposure level for total particulates be set at 0.5 to 0.7mg/cu m. When test results exceed the limit, a benzene soluble fraction should be analyzed, using the existing 0.2mg/cu m standard. The recommendations also called for the benzo(a)pyrene (50328) content of the respirable particulate fraction to be analyzed twice yearly as an index for carcinogenic properties of this fraction. While it was acknowledged as difficult to determine which etiologic agent or agents would be most appropriately monitored, as the agents which cause the various types of cancer were unknown, consideration of the screening level based on total particulates, backed up by the benzene soluble standard as it currently existed, was recommended. Specific changes in standards included: extending medical surveillance to include maintenance workers; extending initial examinations to include urinary and skin symptoms such as bloody urine and skin photosensitization; extending pulmonary function tests to include forced expiratory volume in 1 second; and extending skin examinations for premalignant and malignant lesions and evidence of hyperpigmentation.
Keywords
  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Emission
  • Coking
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Aromatic polycyclic hydrocarbons
  • Standards
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Indoor air pollution
  • Carcinogenesis
  • Testimony
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.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 198724
NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) Testimony to DOL (Department of Labor) on Proposed Standard for Coke Oven Emissions by E. Baier, November 4, 1975.
NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) Testimony to DOL (Department of Labor) on Proposed Standard for Coke Oven Emissions by E. Baier, November 4, 1975.
PB87222832

  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Emission
  • Coking
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Aromatic polycyclic hydrocarbons
  • Standards
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Indoor air pollution
  • Carcinogenesis
  • Testimony
  • 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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