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HHE determination report no. HHE-79-118-733, Philbrick, Booth and Spencer, Hartford, Connecticut.

Authors
Tharr-DG; Singal-M
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 79-118-733, 1980 Oct; :1-20
NIOSHTIC No.
00111599
Abstract
Personal air samples were analyzed for total and respirable particulates, silica (7631869), nickel (7440020), chromium (7440473), iron-oxide (1345251), copper (7440508), manganese (7439965), lead (7439921), methylene-bisphenyl-isocyanate (101688) (MDI), phenol (108952), ammonia (7664417), acrolein (107028), and carbon-monoxide (630080) at the Philbrick, Booth, and Spencer Company (SIC-3325) in Hartford, Connecticut, on July 2 and 3, 1979. The evaluation was requested by the management on behalf of approximately 125 workers. Chest X-rays of the employees were also reviewed. The OSHA standard of 10 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/CuM) for free silica was equaled in several work areas. Iron- oxide concentrations were at or below the OSHA standard of 10mg/CuM. Nickel concentrations ranged from 0.01 to 0.17mg/CuM, compared with the OSHA standard of 1mg/CuM. Chromium concentrations varied from Copper concentrations ranged from 0.15 to 0.32mg/CuM, compared to the OSHA standard of 0.1mg/CuM. Concentrations of manganese, lead, carbon-monoxide, acrolein, MDI, ammonia, and phenol were all below permissible exposure concentrations. X-rays revealed four cases of possible pneumoconiosis. The author recommends improvements in the existing medical surveillance program, at implementation of a respirator program, and improvements in housekeeping and ventilation.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-79-118-733; Hazards-Confirmed; Region-1; Health-surveys; Workplace-studies; Air-contamination; Health-services; Industrial-processes; Control-methods; Occupational-health-programs; Author Keywords: respirable and total particulate; free silica; iron oxide; nickel; chromium; copper fume; pneumoconiosis
CAS No.
7631-86-9; 7440-02-0; 7440-47-3; 1345-25-1; 7440-50-8; 7439-96-5; 7439-92-1; 101-68-8; 108-95-2; 7664-41-7; 107-02-8; 630-08-0
Publication Date
19801001
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-150806
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HHE-79-118-733
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3325
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CT; OH
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