HHE Report No. HETA-82-206-1306, New Renaissance Glass Works, Oakland, California.
NIOSH 1983 May:19 pages
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.
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-82-206-1306, 19 pages, 8 references