HHE Report No. HETA-83-096-1415, Mark Brodie, D.D.S., Englewood, Colorado.
NIOSH 1984 Feb:10 pages
In response to a request from a doctor of dental surgery, an evaluation was made of possible exposure to mercury (7439976) at the Mark Brodie, DDS, dental office (SIC-8021). Breathing zone and area air samples were collected while work practices and techniques were being observed. Personal samples showed mercury concentrations ranging from 0.008 to 0.012 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3). The evaluation criterion calls for concentrations not to exceed reached from 0.02 to 1.0mg/m3, with the highest levels being in a corner of the room where the trash bin was located. The author concludes that workers were not overexposed to mercury. The author recommends that all surfaces on and around the amalgamators be washed once per week, including the surfaces of the amalgamators. Areas around the trash bin should be cleaned each week and the trash liner changed daily. Mop heads should be regularly washed and discarded each 6 months. No carpets should be in the areas where mercury will be used. Spills should be immediately vacuumed.
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-83-096-1415, 10 pages, 16 references