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Document ID (ISN)37812
CIS number 82-1019
ISSN - Serial title 0002-8894 - American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
Year 1982
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Costello R.J., King M.V.
Title Protecting workers who clean up hazardous waste sites
Bibliographic information Jan. 1982, Vol.43, No.1, p.12-17. Illus. 15 ref.
Abstract Following a fire and explosion among 40,000 drums of unlabelled chemical waste at a dump site, air sampling and personal sampling were used to determine exposure levels of male clean-up workers. Workers monitored included manual drum handlers, heavy equipment operators, other equipment operators and technicians assisting with personal protective equipment. Chemicals of concern included: organic vapours, metals, pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls, cyanide compounds and dioxins. No excessive exposure to chemical substances by inhalation was found, but continuous use of respiratory protective equipment and other personal protective devices was necessary because of frequent drum ruptures.
Descriptors (primary) disposal of harmful waste; chemical industry; personal protective equipment; toxic substances; waste site cleanup
Descriptors (secondary) personal sampling; polychlorinated biphenyls; metals; respirators; dioxins; pesticides; exposure evaluation; cyanides
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Personal protection
Waste collection and disposal
Chemical industry