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HHE determination report no. HHE-79-120-662, Rocky Mountain Radiator, Boulder, Colorado.

Authors
Gunter-BJ; Harris-JC
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 79-120-662, 1980 Feb; :1-7
NIOSHTIC No.
00179185
Abstract
In response to a request from the owners and operators of Rocky Mountain Radiator, Boulder, Colorado, an evaluation was made of possible hazardous lead (7439921) exposures occurring while employees repaired automobile radiators. After disassembling and cleaning the used radiators, they were reassembled using soldering wire composed of lead and tin. Analysis of breathing zone air samples indicated lead exposures which exceeded OSHA standard (0.05 milligrams per cubic meter) in four of the six samples taken. Lead levels in the blood of three workers showed that the two radiator repair persons had levels slightly in excess of the upper limits of normal, and higher than the other employee. One radiator repairman demonstrated a free erythrocyte protoporphyrin (FEP) concentration which was significantly elevated. The authors conclude that a potential health hazard existed from overexposure to lead at this facility. The authors recommend that smoking, eating, and drinking be prohibited in the work area; that workers exercise good personal hygiene; that local ventilation be installed over the booths where the radiators are melted down; that workers be given clean clothes at the start of each shift; that dirty clothes remain at the facility for cleaning; and that workers have blood lead levels checked annually.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-79-120-662; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-8; Lead-poisoning; Metal-fumes; Automobile-repair-shops; Blood-analysis; Heavy-metals; Author Keywords: lead; blood lead; radiator repair
CAS No.
7439-92-1
Publication Date
19800201
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1980
NTIS Accession No.
PB80-168826
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HHE-79-120-662
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CO; OH
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