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J Occup Health year 2000 volume 42 number 6 page 297 - 303
Classification Original
Title An Integrated Approach to Initiate Preventive Strategies for Workers Exposed to Teflon Pyrolytic Gases in a Plastic Industry
Author Perng-Jy TSAI1, Yue-Liang GUO1*, Jin-Luh CHEN2 and Hong-Yong SHIEH3
Organization 1Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Medical College,
National Cheng Kung University,
2Tainan Science-based Industrial Park Development Office, National Science Council, Executive Yuan and
3Southern Labor Inspectory Bureau, Council of Labor Affairs, Executive Yuan
Keywords Teflon, Pyrolytic gases, Accident investigation, Preventive strategy
Correspondence P.-J. Tsai, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Medical College, National Cheng Kung University, 138, Sheng-Li Road, 70428, Tainan, Taiwan, R.O.C.
Abstract An Integrated Approach to Initiate Preventive Strategies for Workers Exposed to Teflon Pyrolytic Gases in a Plastic Industry: Perng-Jy TSAI, et al. Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Medical College, National Cheng Kung University-This study illustrates an integrated approach for industries to find possible hazardous factors, to identify the causes of an accident, and eventually to start preventive measures after a fatal accident occurred in a Teflon heating process. A team consisting of experts from several disciplinary areas was formed for the purpose. Through literature review and the examination of clinical reports, possible hazardous factors were proposed, and then examined and confirmed through a field study. The technique of fault tree analysis (FTA) was adopted to investigate the causes of the accident logistically. Investigation of the causes of the accident was not limited to those which were directly relevant to it, but all potential causes were included. A preventive strategy was proposed with prioritized measures which were determined based on their importance from the practical standpoint. This study demonstrates the benefits of integrating expertise from a number of disciplines for accident investigation, especially for those accidents in which the scenario cannot be reconstructed.