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HHE determination report no. HHE-75-87-280, Kawecki Berylco Industries, Inc., Reading, Pennsylvania.

Authors
Chrostek-WJ; Rostand-RE
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 75-87-280, 1976 Apr; :1-24
NIOSHTIC No.
00074999
Abstract
A Health Hazard Evaluation investigation was conducted by NIOSH on August 19-22, 28-29, and October 30, 1975, at the Kawecki Berylco Industries, Inc., in Reading, Pa., a facility engaged in the manufacturing of beryllium (7440417) alloy tools, wire, rods, and strips (SIC-3339). The survey was prompted by a request from an authorized representative of the 350 affected employees regarding exposure to hazardous concentrations of beryllium and development of beryllium lung disease. Environmental sampling revealed that employees in the foundry, arc, scrap remelt, calcine, Detroit, and atomizing areas were exposed to toxic concentrations of beryllium dust. Medical evaluation resulted in the identification of 1 case of beryllium dermatitis, one case of beryllium pneumonitis and 9 workers with chronic beryllium pulmonary disease. Excessive noise levels that could result in noise induced hearing loss were recorded in the Detroit room. Recommendations are made for control of environmental exposure of employees to the potentially toxic substances and for medical surveillance of exposed employees.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-75-87-280; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-3; Industrial-plants; Light-metals; Metallic-dusts; Skin-disorders; Occupational-diseases; Respiratory-system-disorders; Beryllium-poisoning; Metalworking-industry; Air-quality-measurement; Air-contamination; Author Keywords: beryllium; Beryllium Dermatitis; Acute Beryllium Pneumonitis; Chronic Beryllium Pulmonary Disease; beryllium alloy tools, wire, rods, and strips
CAS No.
7440-41-7
Publication Date
19760401
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1976
NTIS Accession No.
PB89-161251
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HHE-75-87-280
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Priority Area
Respiratory-system-disorders
SIC Code
3339
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
PA; OH
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