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Elevated blood lead levels among construction workers in the Massachusetts Occupational Lead Registry.

Authors
Rabin-R; Brooks-DR; Davis-LK
Source
Am J Publ Health 1994 Sep; 84(9):1483-1485
NIOSHTIC No.
00223735
Abstract
A study was done of lead (7439921) exposure among construction workers based on blood lead tests reported to the Massachusetts Lead Registry in the first 2 years of its operation, between May 1991 and April 1993. Blood lead tests over 0.72 micromole per liter (umol/l) were reported to the Department of Labor and Industries and individuals with lead levels greater than 1.93umol/l were contacted. Registrants were grouped as deleaders (residential lead abatement workers), other construction workers, and nonconstruction workers. There were 381 individuals with a blood level greater than 1.93umol/l and 82% were due to occupational exposure. Sixty three percent of the occupationally exposed were construction workers. Deleaders comprised 60% of the lead exposed construction workers and bridge and house painters accounted for 36% of individuals occupationally exposed to lead. There were 49 people with blood levels of 2.9umol/l or greater and 39 were construction workers, 20 were bridge and house painters, and 17 were deleaders. Of the workers interviewed for this study, all of the deleaders reported that a blood lead test was part of an employer sponsored program, but only 38% of the construction workers and 78% of nonconstruction workers had blood tests as part of an employer sponsored program. In Massachusetts and Maryland, construction workers constituted a significantly larger proportion of registrants with occupational exposures than in California, New Jersey, New York, and Texas.
Keywords
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Cooperative-Agreement; Lead-compounds; Blood-analysis; Construction-workers; Humans; Men; Occupational-exposure;
CODEN
AJHEAA
CAS No.
7439-92-1;
Publication Date
19940901
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1994
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108415
Issue of Publication
9
ISSN
0090-0036
Source Name
American Journal of Public Health
State
CA; MD; MA; NJ; NY
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