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Document ID (ISN)112151
CIS number 11-0832
ISSN - Serial title 1545-9624 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Panko J.M., Gaffney S.H., Burns A.M., Unice K.M, Kreider M.L., Booher L.E., Gelatt R.H., Marshall J.R., Paustenbach D.J.
Title Occupational exposure to benzene at the ExxonMobil refinery at Baton Rouge, Louisiana (1977-2005)
Bibliographic information Sep. 2009, Vol.6, No.9, p.517-529. Illus. 32 ref.
Internet access Occupational_exposure_to_benzene.pdf [in English]
Abstract This study evaluated the airborne concentrations of benzene and their variability over time at the ExxonMobil refinery in Baton Rouge between 1977 and 2005. Refinery workers were categorized into 117 worker groups using company job descriptions. These 117 groups were further collapsed into 25 job categories based on similarity of measured exposure results. Results of 5289 personal air samples are included in this analysis. Findings are discussed. Even the tasks with the highest estimated exposures were well below the STEL of 5 ppm. This study thus provides a task-focused analysis for occupational exposure to benzene during refinery operations, which can be insightful for understanding exposures at this refinery and perhaps others operated since about 1975.
Descriptors (primary) Louisiana; benzene; exposure evaluation; long-term study; petroleum refining
Descriptors (secondary) USA; personal sampling; determination in air; job-exposure relation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Chemicals, plastics and rubber
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Aromatic hydrocarbons
Exposure evaluation
Petroleum and natural gas industry