NIOSH health hazard evaluation report: HETA-96-0264-2713, Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, Hagerman, Idaho.
Jiggens-TE; Cardarelli-JJ; Ahrenholz-SH
NIOSH 1998 Sep; :1-51
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a letter from the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument (HAFO), requesting technical assistance in the evaluation of gamma radiation and radon gas exposures to HAFO staff. Subsequent communications from HAFO revealed that the general public, including children, could view and handle fossils in the Visitor Center. Furthermore, during the summer dig season, HAFO staff was comprised primarily of seasonal employees, students, and volunteers, with relatively few permanent NPS employees. In communicating with HAFO personnel prior to the initial site visit, NIOSH investigators recognized other potential occupational hazards such as heat stress and airborne silica. Two site visits (May 14-15 and July 23-24, 1997) were conducted, and an interim letter containing recommended changes in practices and hazard abatements was sent after each visit.
Radiation; Radon-daughters; Gamma-rays; Heat-stress; Silica-dusts; Dusts; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-10;
Author Keywords: Cut Stone and Stone Products; museum; excavation; paleontology; fossil; natural history specimen; uranium; radium; radon; ionizing radiation; heat stress; silica; PNOC; PNOR; particulates; National Park Service; National Monument
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
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