Academic Article


  • 2008

Objectives: The aim of this study was to assess personal exposure to fibres, crystalline silica, silicon carbide (SiC) and sulphur dioxide in the Norwegian SiC industry. Methods: Approximately 720 fibre samples, 720 respirable dust samples and 1400 total dust samples were collected from randomly chosen workers from the furnace, processing and maintenance departments in all three Norwegian SiC plants. The respirable dust samples were analysed for quartz, cristobalite and non-fibrous SiC content. Approximately 240 sulphur dioxide samples were collected from workers in the furnace department. Results: The sorting operators from all plants, control room and cleaning operators in Plant A and charger, charger/mix and payloader operators in Plant C had a geometric mean (GM) of fibre exposure above the Norwegian occupational exposure limit (OEL) (0.1 fibre cm–3). The cleaner operators in Plant A had the highest GM exposure to respirable quartz (20 µg m–3). The charger/mix operators in Plant C had the highest GM exposure to respirable cristobalite (38 µg m–3) and the refinery crusher operators in Plant A had the highest GM exposure to non-fibrous SiC (0.65 mg m–3). Exposure to the crystalline silica and non-fibrous SiC was generally low and between 0.4 and 2.1% of the measurements exceeded...

Føreland, Solveig; Bye, Erik; Bakke, Berit; Eduard, Wijnand
Annals of Occupational Hygiene 52(5): 317–336
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