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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-80-119-1103, Aqua-Chem, Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Authors
Ahrenholz-S; Klemme-J; Moss-G; Melius-J
Source
NIOSH 1982 May; :1-35
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00127247
Abstract
A reported excess incidence of heart attacks at AquaChem, Incorporated, (SIC-3559) Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was investigated. The survey resulted from a confidential request and was performed in June and December, 1980. Personal and area air samples were taken to monitor welding fume exposure. Ultraviolet radiation and sodium vapor lamp luminance were determined. Medical, work and smoking histories were compiled for 52 workers. Exposures were cadmium (7440439) 0.00 to 0.05 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3), with 4 percent exceeding the criteria (0.04mg/m3); chromium, (7440473) 0.01 to 2.3mg/m3, 20 percent (0.25mg/m3); copper (7440508) 0.00 to 1.8mg/m3, 20 percent (0.1mg/m3); iron (7439896) 0.03 to 7.4mg/m3, 4 percent (5mg/m3); magnesium (7439954) 0.00 to 0.03mg/m3, 0 percent (0.015mg/m3); manganese (7439965) 0.00 to 1.6mg/m3, 4 percent (1mg/m3); nickel (7440020) 0.01 to 1.4mg/m3, 28 percent (0.015mg/m3); and carbon-monoxide (630080) 20 to 42 parts per million (ppm) with 17 percent exceeding the criteria (40ppm). Luminance quantity (exposure guideline: 500 Lux) exceeded the guideline. Symptoms were wheezing, and metal fume fever. No unusual incidence of cardiovascular disease was noted; chest tightness was associated with metal fume fever. The authors conclude that exposure to welding fumes may have caused metal fume fever. No health effects from sodium vapor lighting are seen.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Employee-exposure; Metal-fume-fever; Welding-industry; Heavy-metals; Air-sampling; Lighting-systems; HETA-80-119-1103; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-5
CAS No.
7440-43-9; 7440-47-3; 7440-50-8; 7439-89-6; 7439-95-4; 7439-96-5; 7440-02-0; 630-08-0
Publication Date
19820501
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-139682
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
HETA-80-119-1103
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3559
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 35 pages, 30 references
State
WI; OH
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