Expansion of a data base for protection of personnel engaged in handling accidentally discharged hazardous chemicals was the program objective. This involved assigning levels of protection, reviewing available protective equipment and material chemical compatibility, developing requirements and conducting a test program. A CHRIS listing of 985 chemicals reviewed showed 403 chemicals in the category that personnel be equipped with a sealed suit. Other categories assigned were nonsealed suit, fire suit, and in some instances only gloves and goggles for those chemicals which were innocuous. Literature review was used to establish a test plan. Test results showed that butyl rubber was 38% acceptable and polycarbonate 60% acceptable relative to 403 chemicals. There were 45 chemicals in which levels of protection were not assigned. These were placed into the category of future R&D. Other future R&D studies resulted from chemicals which could not be adequately decontaminated by a detergent-cold water wash in addition to those chemicals found incompatible with butyl rubber and polycarbonate. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    MSA Research Corporation

    Evan City, PA  United States 

    United States Coast Guard

    2100 Second Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20593
  • Authors:
    • Friel, J V
    • McGoff, M J
    • Rodgers, S J
  • Publication Date: 1980-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 141 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00329111
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MSAR-80-64, USCG-D-58-80
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-CG-827304-A
  • Files: NTIS
  • Created Date: Jun 12 2003 12:00AM