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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-305-1541, Fountain Avenue Landfill, Brooklyn, New York.

Authors
Costello-R
Source
NIOSH 1984 Dec; :1-37
NIOSHTIC No.
00148231
Abstract
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for organic solvent vapors, metals, asbestos (1332214), quartz (14808607), airborne dusts, and carbon-monoxide (630080) at Fountain Avenue Landfill, Brooklyn, New York in September, 1982. Noise levels were also monitored. The survey was requested by the Commissioner of Health for the City of New York due to concern for worker health and safety and the possibility that contaminants from the landfill might migrate to nearby housing areas. No chemical exposures exceeded a recognized occupational exposure standard. Most exposures were less than 0.001 to 0.01 of the applicable standards. Noise levels ranged from 82.9 to 95.5 A-weighted decibels (dBA). The OSHA standard for noise is 90dBA. Hearing protection was used by all heavy equipment operators; operators reported receiving monitoring audiometry. The author concludes that workers at the facility are not over exposed to chemicals. Noise from operating heavy equipment is the only hazard observed. Hazardous noise exposure is adequately controlled by using hearing protection and implementation of a hearing conservation program. The low occupational exposure to airborne contaminants at the landfill implies a minimal risk to nearby residents.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Waste-disposal; Region-2; Environmental-contamination; Noise-exposure; Noise-measurement; Machine-operation; HETA-82-305-1541; Author Keywords: Refuse Systems; Landfills; air sampling; hazardous noise; asbestos; solvents; metals
CAS No.
1332-21-4; 14808-60-7; 630-08-0
Publication Date
19841201
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1985
NTIS Accession No.
PB85-247542
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
HETA-82-305-1541
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
4953
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NY; OH
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