JOHN JOSEPH HINTON, The University of Texas School of Public Health


This document characterizes the types and magnitude of exposures to toxic substances faced by various turnaround workers in the petroleum industry. The safety and health professional is acquainted with the basic petroleum refinery, refinery equipment and causes for scheduled or emergency turnarounds. Common work procedures during the turnaround are discussed with emphasis on performing the job safely and without adverse consequence to worker health. A listing of commonly encountered substances with a corresponding summary of recognized exposure limits, recommended personal protection, hygiene measures and hazard information is provided to equip the safety and health professional with a ready checklist for worker protection. The use of this document was tested and found to improve the average prescription of work procedures and equipment from 38% appropriate (prior to receipt of information) to 84% appropriate (post receipt of information). All participants statistically improved their ability to protect the health and safety of the turnaround worker.

Subject Area

Public health

Recommended Citation

HINTON, JOHN JOSEPH, "PROTECTION FOR THE "TURNAROUND WORKER"" (1984). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI8505186.