Thursday, May 21, 2015

Pittsburgh - Carrie Furnaces and NIOSH PPTL

We visited Carrie Furnaces in Rankin, PA.  There are two blast furnaces remaining from the 11 that were operable on the site.  Most of the steel manufacturing is not in Pittsburgh anymore, and there are only two blast furnaces left in PA.  Sam Robinson was our guide (again).  He was a steel worker who worked on the site in the 1970s.  He gave us a great overview of how steel is made, and the process that took place on the Carrie Furnace and Homestead Steel sites.

We then went to the NIOSH Personal Protective Technologies Lab.  We were given an overview of the research taking place at the Lab.  We visited the labs that are working on transmission of blood and virus through PPE, elbow pressure testing for blood passing through PPE, respirator fit testing, and Ebola PPE ensemble testing for wearability. Thanks to the NIOSH Staff for hosting us!

We are now heading back to NJ and NY.  We said our goodbyes to our colleagues from Cincinnati, as they are driving back directly from Pittsburgh.  We had a great trip and have learned so much about worker protection and safety issues.


Anonymous said...

Carrie Furnaces was literally a blast from the past. The enormity of the operation cannot be stated enough!

The presentation at NIOSH by Dr. Roberge regarding his experiences in Guinea, West Africa was quite impressive. Attempting to practice proper PPE in conditions such as that seem to have so many roadblocks.

- Sadie
Occ Med Mount Sinai

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