Pavement Magazine Reports on NIOSH Pilot Study of RTS Application

The August 1, 2016, issue of Pavement Maintenance & Reconstruction magazine includes an article by Allan Heydorn about the start of the study of RTS applicators by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH). Heydorn reports:

In July a team from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) completed the first step in a pilot project that is the first phase in a two-year project. The study is designed to measure potential exposures to specific polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), in applicators using pavement sealants containing refined coal tar.

For the article, Heydorn interviewed NIOSH project director Kevin Hanley, project volunteer Girish Dubey of STAR Inc., and human exposure study expert Dr. Mark Bookbinder. Dr. Bookbinder has been retained by PCTC to help members better understand the NIOSH study.

During the pilot phase, NIOSH evaluates different methods of collecting data. The most effective methods will be chosen for use in the full study.

“The pilot means that if we feel there’s any need to adjust what we’re collecting or how we’re collecting it or when we’re collecting it, then we could make those changes,” Hanley said. “If we feel there’s a need to modify the process then we would do that.”

Heydorn reports that both Mr. Dubey and Dr. Bookbinder felt the study was off to a good start. Read the entire article here.


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