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Lead exposure during custodial activities.

Authors
Burr-G
Source
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 1997 Jun; 12(6):395-399
NIOSHTIC No.
00237733
Abstract
In an effort to assess the potential exposures and risks from lead (7439921) while performing custodial activities, janitorial and custodial workers at a university in Maryland were targeted for study. Custodial operations that were monitored included painting, carpentry, housekeeping, plastering, plumbing, and general maintenance. Airborne lead concentrations among 16 university workers ranged up to 36 micrograms/cubic meter. Lead concentrations from four of the five personal breathing zone air samples collected on housekeepers emptying trash receptacles, sweeping floors, and vacuuming carpets were not detectable. All personal breathing zone results were below the OSHA permissible exposure limit of 50 micrograms/cubic meter. Blood lead levels of surveyed employees ranged from 2.8 to 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood, with a mean of 5.4 micrograms/deciliter. These were typical findings for adults in the United States.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Blood-analysis; Maintenance-workers; Housekeeping-personnel; Environmental-contamination; Occupational-exposure; Painters; Humans; HHE 94-0374-2534
CODEN
AOEHE9
CAS No.
7439-92-1
Publication Date
19970601
Document Type
Journal Article
Editors
Tharr-D
Fiscal Year
1997
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
1047-322X
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
State
OH; MD
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