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Health hazard evaluation report no. HETA 95-0001-2679, Caterpillar Inc., York, Pennsylvania.

Authors
Tepper-A; Blade-LM
Source
NIOSH 1998 Mar; :1-46
NIOSHTIC No.
20000007
Abstract
In October 1994, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a request from the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) for a health hazard evaluation (HHE) at Caterpillar Inc., in York, Pennsylvania. The requestor noted concerns about the possible relationship between cadmium exposures in the brazing area of the oil cooler department (OCD) and sexual dysfunction among five long-term workers in the area. At the time of the HHE request, managers and newly hired workers continued production while most long-term employees were on strike. In May 1995, while the strike continued, NIOSH investigators met with a group of OCD workers at the local union hall. In May 1996, after the strike ended, NIOSH investigators visited the Caterpillar facility to review medical records and Caterpillar environmental and biological monitoring data, conduct a walk-through survey and interview employees, and perform air sampling for airborne metals and fluorides. A return visit was made in August 1996, to conduct biological monitoring for urine cadmium in current and former OCD workers.
Keywords
Health-hazard-evaluation; Brazing; Cadmium; Exposure; Sexual-dysfunction; Medical-records; Air-sampling; Metals; Fluorides; Silver; Copper; Zinc; Region-3; Hazard-Unconfirmed
CAS No.
7440-50-8; 7440-66-6; 7440-22-4; 7440-43-9
Publication Date
19980301
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1998
NTIS Accession No.
PB99-152233
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
HETA-95-0001-2679
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Priority Area
Reproductive-system-disorders
SIC Code
3531
Source Name
National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH. Div. of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies
State
PA; OH
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