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Industrial Hygiene Report Comprehensive Survey of Wood Preservative Treatment Facility at International Paper Company, Wiggins, Mississippi,


PB88248273

Publication Date 1980
Personal Author Todd, A.
Page Count 32
Abstract Workers exposures to creosote, and pentachlorophenol (PCP) were determined at the International Paper Company in Wiggins, Mississippi on August 26 and 27, 1980. The survey was part of a NIOSH study of the health effects of occupational exposure to wood preservatives. Approximately 69 of the employees at the facility were assigned to the wood production and treating process areas that were surveyed. The facility maintained an industrial hygiene and safety program. Medical services were provided by an on call physician, a full time facility nurse, and employees trained in first aid. Average PCP concentrations over the full shift ranged from 10.1 to about 25 micrograms per cubic meter, below the current occupational limit of 500 micrograms per cubic meter. Creosote air concentrations ranged from 0.045 to 0.352 micrograms per cubic meter, also below the OSHA standard of 0.2 milligrams per cubic meter. The author concludes that while exposures were below environmental criteria, they could be further reduced by shorting the work operations at the Cellon process. He also recommends minimizing skin contact and absorption from contaminated clothing.
Keywords
  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Creosote
  • Wood preservatives
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • SIC-2621
  • Pentachlorophenol
  • CAS-8001589
  • CAS-87865
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 Stewart-Todd Associates, Inc., Wayne, PA.; National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Supplemental Notes Sponsored by National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH. Industrywide Studies Branch.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 198824
Contract Number
  • PHS-210-78-0060
Industrial Hygiene Report Comprehensive Survey of Wood Preservative Treatment Facility at International Paper Company, Wiggins, Mississippi,
Industrial Hygiene Report Comprehensive Survey of Wood Preservative Treatment Facility at International Paper Company, Wiggins, Mississippi,
PB88248273

  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Creosote
  • Wood preservatives
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • SIC-2621
  • Pentachlorophenol
  • CAS-8001589
  • CAS-87865
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • PHS-210-78-0060
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