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Lead exposure among lead-acid battery workers in Jamaica.

Authors
Matte-TD; Figueroa-JP; Burr-G; Flesch-JP; Keenlyside-RA; Baker-EL
Source
Am J Ind Med 1989; 16(2):167-177
NIOSHTIC No.
00190089
Abstract
In response to elevated blood lead levels found in Jamaican lead acid battery workers, a survey of occupational exposure to lead (7439921) in this industry was carried out. At the three battery manufacturing sites and ten battery repair shops participating in the study, work practices, engineering controls, and respirator use were observed, and air samples were taken to determine lead concentrations. Questionnaires were administered to employees, and venous blood was taken for determinations of blood lead and zinc- protoporphyrin. Air lead levels were found to be higher at the manufacturing sites than at the repair shops, where few process controls were found to exist. Respirator use was infrequent in both workplaces. Overall, blood lead levels of manufacturing employees were elevated. Elevations occurred in a similar pattern between the two employee groups, although factory workers showed a stronger positive association between poor workplace practices and elevated blood lead. Toxic effects were found in those with higher lead levels, but these were not statistically different from those in the lower level groups. The authors recommend the implementation of United States guidelines for occupational lead exposure in Jamaica and other developing countries, adapted to limitations in local resources.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Battery-manufacturing-industry; Lead-absorption; Lead-poisoning; Occupational-exposure; Workplace-studies; Work-practices; Standards
CODEN
AJIMD8
CAS No.
7439-92-1
Publication Date
19890101
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1989
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
0271-3586
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
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