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HHE Report, No. HETA-81-257-1115, Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona.

Authors
Thoburn-TW; Gunter-BJ
Source
NIOSH 1982 May; :1-23
NIOSHTIC No.
00127608
Abstract
A health hazard evaluation of heat stress and solvent exposures to workers engaged in preservation servicing of mothballed planes at Davis Monthan Air Force Base (SIC-4582), Tuscon, Arizona was performed. A representative of the American Federation of Government Employees, Local 2924, requested the evaluation. The study was conducted on August 25 through 28, 1981. Area air samples for lead (7439921), chromium (7440473), methyl-ethyl-ketone (78933) (MEK), methylene-chloride (75092) (MCl), and total hydrocarbons were collected, and heat stress was evaluated. Lead samples were below the detection limit of 0.001 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3). Chromium samples peaked at 0.05mg/m3 compared to a NIOSH standard of Total hydrocarbons sample concentrations peaked at 299mg/m3 compared to a NIOSH standard of 525mg/m3. The wet bulb globe temperature always exceeded 26.7 degrees-C by midmorning. Workers reported few symptoms of heat stress although pulse rate and skin temperature were occasionally excessive. The authors conclude that there were no excessive exposures to solvents. However, workers are subjected to a hot environment often exceeding the upper limit for strenuous work. The authors recommend reducing and monitoring heat stress during work.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Industrial-exposures; Airport-personnel; Heat-stress; Protective-clothing; HETA-81-257-1115; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-9
CAS No.
7439-92-1; 7440-47-3; 78-93-3; 75-09-2
Publication Date
19820501
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-143130
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-81-257-1115
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
4582
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 23 pages, 11 references
State
AZ; OH
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