HHE Report No. HETA-83-325-1564, Ladish Company, Cudahy, Wisconsin.
Daniels-WJ; Orris-P; Arnold-S
NIOSH 1985 Feb:14 pages
A health hazard evaluation was conducted at Ladish Company (SIC- 3462), Cudahy, Wisconsin in January, 1984. The evaluation was required by an employee representative because of concern about asbestos (1332214) exposure. Company asbestos monitoring data and medical records were reviewed. Company chest X-rays were examined by an independent NIOSH certified B-reader. Twenty eight maintenance type job activities having a potential for asbestos exposure were identified. Airborne asbestos concentrations were generally below 0.1 fiber per cubic meter (fiber/cc). In two activities, asbestos concentrations were reported to exceed the OSHA 2 fibers/cc time weighted average or 10 fibers/cc ceiling concentration standards. Written company work procedures showed that type-C supplied air respirators were used in maintenance jobs having potential asbestos exposure. The company medical monitoring program was inadequate as regards chest X-rays. Five of 11 chest X- rays were not readable. The authors conclude that the medical monitoring program for employees exposed to asbestos does not appear to be adequate for early detection of asbestos related lung disease. Recommendations include implementing a systematic program for identifying asbestos containing materials, including a NIOSH certified B-reader for X-rays in the surveillance program, and establishing a smoking cessation program for employees exposed to asbestos.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Metal-industry; Region-5; Asbestos-fibers; Dust-exposure; Air-sampling; Exposure-limits; HETA-83-325-1564;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-83-325-1564, 14 pages, 6 references