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HHE Report No. HETA-82-206-1306, New Renaissance Glass Works, Oakland, California.

Authors
Coye-MJ; Belanger-PL
Source
NIOSH 1983 May:19 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00133316
Abstract
An environmental survey was conducted to determine potential exposures to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) at the New Renaissance Glass Works (SIC-9999) in Oakland, California on April 2 and 16, 1982. The request for a health hazard evaluation came from the owner after a series of fires and leaks from fluorescent light ballasts. Employees complained of headache, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, and an acneform rash after the fires. Wipe samples were taken and employees were interviewed. Concentrations of PCB ranged from 31 to 100 nanograms per 100 square centimeters (ng/100cm2). NIOSH suggests an upper background limit of 500ng/100cm2. No airborne concentrations of PCB were detected. Air and cinder block samples were evaluated for lindane (58899), formaldehyde (50000), and chlordane (12789036), but none was detected. The authors conclude that a health hazard exists from PCB from leaking light ballasts. They recommend thorough cleaning to remove dusts containing PCB. Air filter masks should be worn by the employee doing the cleaning.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Health-protection; Safety-measures; Employee-exposure; Combustion-products; Lighting-systems; Equipment-reliability; Industrial-equipment; Occupational-exposure; HETA-82-206-1306;
CAS No.
58-89-9; 50-00-0; 12789-03-6;
Publication Date
19830501
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1983
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-210319
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-82-206-1306
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
9999;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-82-206-1306, 19 pages, 8 references
State
CA; OH;
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