Health Hazard Evaluation Report, HETA 2000-0232-2814, Whitepath Fab Tech, Ellijay, Georgia.
On April 5, 2000, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a confidential request to investigate potential hazards at the Whitepath Fab Tech Old Boardtown and New Assembly facilities in Ellijay, Georgia. Health concerns identified in the request included stagnated pneumatic air, dust, ergonomic issues, and oil spills. NIOSH investigators conducted an initial walk-through on May 17, 2000, and identified noise, lead, and tin as potential hazards. Sampling for these potential hazards was done on August 3, 2000. All of the personal breathing zone (PBZ) and general area (GA) samples collected for lead and tin were well below the relevant evaluation criteria for occupational exposures. Lead wipe sample results suggest that lead from the soldering area is contaminating other non-lead areas of the facility. Only one noise exposure approached the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) action level (AL) while two noise exposures were above the NIOSH recommended exposure limit (REL). The industrial hygiene sampling data indicate that employees were not overexposed to lead or tin at the Whitepath Fab Tech soldering stations. Noise exposures for one employee approached the OSHA AL. Recommendations for continued monitoring are given in the recommendations section of this report.