Bhanarkar, A D and Srivaatava, A and JOSEPH, A E and Kumar, Rakesh (2005) AIR POLLUTION AND HEAT EXPOSURE STUDY IN THE WORKPLACE IN A GLASS MANUFACTURING UNIT IN INDIA. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 109. pp. 73-80. ISSN 0167-6369

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Air pollution in the workplace environment due to industrial operation have been found to cause serious occupational health hazard. Similarly, heat stress is still most neglected occupational hazard in the tropical and subtropical countries like India. The hot climate augments the heat exposure close to sources like furnaces. In this study an attempt is made to assess air pollution and heat exposure levels to workers in the workplace environment in glass manufacturing unit located in the State of Gujarat, India. Samples for workplace air quality were collected for SPM, SO2, NO2 and CO2 at eight locations. Results of workplace air quality showed 8-hourly average concentrations of SPM:165–9118 μg/m3, SO2: 6–9 μg/m3 and NO2: 5–42 μg/m3, which were below the threshold limit values of workplace environment. The level of CO2 in workplace air of the plant was found to be in the range 827–2886 μg/m3, which was below TLV but much higher than the normal concentration for CO2 in the air (585 mg/m3). Indoor heat exposure was studied near the furnace and at various locations in an industrial complex for glass manufacturing. The heat exposure parameters including the air temperature, the wet bulb temperature, and the globe parameters were measured. TheWet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT), an indicator of heat, exceeded ACGIH TLVs limits most of the time at all the locations in workplace areas. The recommended duration of work and rest have also been estimated.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Air Pollution; Glass Manufacturing Unit; Heat Stress; Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) Index; Workplace Air
Subjects: Air Quality
Air Pollution
Depositing User: MR ANIL BHANARKAR
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2017 07:17
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2017 07:17

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