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HHE determination report no. HHE-79-84-1072, Gould Incorporated, Caldwell, Ohio.

Authors
Gorman-R; Schwartz-E; Melius-J; Baker-E
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 79-84-1072, 1982 Mar; :1-20
NIOSHTIC No.
00127760
Abstract
The relationship between four cases of multiple sclerosis (MS) and occupational exposure at Gould Incorporated (SIC-3325 and SIC-3568), Caldwell, Ohio was investigated. At the request of an employee representative, environmental and medical surveys were conducted in May, October, and November of 1979. Four hundred workers were engaged in manufacturing bushings and bearings at the site. Airborne lead (7439921) concentrations in the production or clevite area measured in 25 personal breathing zones ranged from 3 to 217 micrograms per cubic meter with three samples exceeding the OSHA lead standard of 50 micrograms per cubic meter. Three area air samples for lead ranged from 64 to 1217 micrograms per cubic meter. Eighty three percent of clevite area workers had blood lead concentrations greater than 40 micrograms per deciliter compared to 11 of 179 workers engaged in other operations. Review of the records of the four employees with MS did not indicate any association with exposure at the facility. The authors conclude that there is no evidence that exposures at the site have resulted in MS. Clevite workers are experiencing increased absorption of lead. The authors recommend the implementation of respiratory protection and medical surveillance programs to reduce lead exposure.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Employee-exposure; Air-quality-measurement; Air-sampling; Breathing-zone; Medical-examinations; Region-5; HHE-79-84-1072, Author Keywords: Bushings; Bearings; Lead; Multiple Sclerosis; Oil Mist
CAS No.
7439-92-1
Publication Date
19820301
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB83-199471
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HHE-79-84-1072
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3325; 3568
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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