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Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Report No. TA-78-25, Purex Corporation, London, Ohio,


PB88224274

Publication Date 1978
Personal Author Gilles, D.; Meyer, C.
Page Count 15
Abstract In response to a request by the Purex Corporation, London, Ohio, which manufactures steel wool soap pads (SIC-3291), a follow up study was made of a possible health hazard at the facility. Personal and area air samples were analyzed for total and respirable dust, and 25 workers from the original evaluation were tested for pulmonary function. Highly alkaline soap dust may cause reactions in susceptible individuals due to irritation. The following recommendations are presented: existing ventilation should be operative at all times with measurements taken continuously to ensure that dust exposure is minimized; ventilation should be revised to allow for air recirculation and filtration, employees should use personal protective equipment appropriately, employees should be educated in work procedures and safety matters; a vacuum system should be used in cleanup rather than sweeping; and a medical surveillance program should be initiated.
Keywords
  • Dust
  • Industrial atmospheres
  • Soaps
  • Industrial medicine
  • Exposure
  • Ohio
  • Evaluation
  • Hazardous materials
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Occupational diseases
  • Air pollution
  • SIC 3291
  • Occupational health and safety
Source Agency
  • Centers for Disease Control Bureau of Laboratories
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 44G - Environmental & Occupational Factors
  • 41I - Job Environment
Corporate Authors National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH. Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 198820
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Report No. TA-78-25, Purex Corporation, London, Ohio,
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Report No. TA-78-25, Purex Corporation, London, Ohio,
PB88224274

  • Dust
  • Industrial atmospheres
  • Soaps
  • Industrial medicine
  • Exposure
  • Ohio
  • Evaluation
  • Hazardous materials
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Occupational diseases
  • Air pollution
  • SIC 3291
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Centers for Disease Control Bureau of Laboratories
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 44G - Environmental & Occupational Factors
  • 41I - Job Environment
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