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HHE Report No. HETA-83-044-1596, General Electric Plant, Evendale, Ohio.

Authors
Parrish-RG; Hartle-R; Groth-D
Source
NIOSH 1985 Jun:13 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00153673
Abstract
Environmental samples were analyzed for asbestos (1332214) at General Electric (SIC-3724), Evendale, Ohio in January and July, 1983. The evaluation was requested confidentially because of concern about electricians who had worked in the heat treatment process building and were thought to have suffered adverse effects from exposure to an asbestos containing insulation material. Eleven current and former employees were interviewed. Autopsy reports and post mortem lung tissue from two deceased electricians who had worked in the heat treatment process were examined. Only one material sample contained asbestos, 20 to 25 percent chrysotile (12001295). Both deceased electricians had diseases associated with asbestos exposure, asbestosis in both and colon cancer in one. Lung tissue samples contained 23 and 15.5 million asbestos fibers per gram (g). Non occupationally exposed lung tissue normally contained 140,000 fibers/g asbestos. The interviews showed that asbestos exposures occurred at the facility, probably between 1957 and 1975. The authors conclude that a health hazard due to asbestos exposure existed in the past, but does not now exist. Recommendations include determining who has been exposed to asbestos, developing an asbestos screening program, and instituting an educational program for asbestos exposed employees.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Electrical-industry; Region-5; Electrical-industry; Aircraft; Exposure-limits; Electrical-properties; HETA-83-044-1596;
CAS No.
1332-21-4; 12001-29-5;
Publication Date
19850601
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1985
NTIS Accession No.
PB86-133691
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-83-044-1596
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
3724;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-83-044-1596, 13 pages, 14 references
State
OH;
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