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Walk-Through Survey at Airco Carbon, St. Mary's, Pennsylvania,


PB88236914

Publication Date 1983
Personal Author Greife, A.
Page Count 26
Abstract An on-site visit was made to Airco Carbon (SIC-3624), a producer of carbon products, to gather data concerning the feasibility of using this facility in an industrywide industrial hygiene and epidemiology study of the carbon products industry. Two different product lines were manufactured at this facility: specialty graphite products, and graphite electrodes. Raw materials for both lines included petroleum coke, coal tar pitch, and petroleum pitch. Airborne samples were shown to contain 17 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) compounds; all of these compounds were listed as tumorigenic and several were positive animal carcinogens. Overall levels of the compounds were low. The areas of the facility involved in formulation and baking appeared to have the highest overall concentrations. Ventilation appeared to be effective in reducing these levels. The author concludes that this particular facility is not suitable for inclusion in the larger project because it is impossible to identify a population of workers with an exposure of adequate duration to only petroleum pitch.
Keywords
  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Petroleum coke
  • Coal tar
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Aromatic polycyclic hydrocarbons
  • Carcinogens
  • Ventilation
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Carbon product
  • SIC-3624
  • EPA region 3
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 Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 198822
Walk-Through Survey at Airco Carbon, St. Mary's, Pennsylvania,
Walk-Through Survey at Airco Carbon, St. Mary's, Pennsylvania,
PB88236914

  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Petroleum coke
  • Coal tar
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Aromatic polycyclic hydrocarbons
  • Carcinogens
  • Ventilation
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Carbon product
  • SIC-3624
  • EPA region 3
  • 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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