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HHE Report No. HETA-96-0140-2606, Philadelphia School District, Franklin Learning Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Authors
Malkin-R; Decker-J
Source
NIOSH 1996 Oct:11 pages
NIOSHTIC No.
00235364
Abstract
In response to a request from the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, an investigation was begun into possible exposure to lead (7439921) at the Franklin Learning Center (SIC-8211), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The building was about 85 years old. There were about 90 employees; blood lead tests and hand wipe sampling were performed on 45. Water sampling showed lead concentrations less than the 3 parts per billion (ppb). Surface wipe samples were collected from floors, desks, and window sills. Window sills in nonabated and abated areas were sampled. Dust lead loadings exceeded HUD guidelines on 26% of all window sills sampled. Floors in nonabated and abated areas were also sampled with HUD guidelines for lead on floors being exceeded in 17 of the nonabated and three of the abated areas. Dust lead loading on desktops ranged up to 230 micrograms/square foot. Wipe samples from hands of employees contained from 2 to 160 micrograms lead. All blood lead levels were low, ranging from 0.6 to 5.6 micrograms per deciliter. While severe peeling of lead based paint was found and significant dust lead loadings were present, the authors conclude that a hazard from lead exposure was not found at the school for the staff.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-96-0140-2606; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Paints; Lead-dust; Blood-analysis; Workplace-studies; Teaching; Education; Environmental-contamination;
CAS No.
7439-92-1;
Publication Date
19961001
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1997
NTIS Accession No.
PB97-156624
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-96-0140-2606
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
8211;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-96-0140-2606, 11 pages, 18 references
State
PA; OH;
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