HHE determination report no. HETA-78-135-1333, International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades, Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, Connecticut.
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, HETA 78-135-1333, 1983 Aug; :1-30
Environmental samples were analyzed for aluminum (7429905), chromium (7440473), copper (7440508), beryllium (7440417), iron (7439896), lead (7439921), nickel (7440020), magnesium (7439954), methyl- isobutyl-ketone (108101), methyl-cellosolve (109864), and ethyl- cellosolve (110805) at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation (SIC-3731) Groton, Connecticut in July, August, and October 1979, May 1980, and March 1981. The survey was requested on behalf of 1000 employees because of worker complaints of rashes, dizziness, fainting, and nausea. Air samples were analyzed for metals and solvents. Medical evaluations were conducted. OSHA standards for all the metals tested were exceeded in at least some of the samples. The highest nickel concentration was 9 times the standard; for lead, 220 times; for copper, 15 times; for chromium, 49 times; for magnesium, 2 times; for beryllium, 268 times; and for aluminum, 5 times. Values for methyl-cellosolve were 7 times the standard. Values for ethyl-cellosolve were 25 times the standard. Concentrations of methyl-isobutyl-ketone MIK were slightly greater than the standard. The authors conclude that a hazard from significant exposure to metal fumes and solvent vapors exists. Increased respiratory protection is recommended.
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Author Keywords: rashes; dizziness; fainting; nausea; metal fume; iron; lead; copper; nickel; chromium III; beryllium; aluminum; magnesium; eye irritation; nasal congestion; throat irritation
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