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Evaluation of dust and noise exposures at three roofing companies.

Authors
Hall-RM; Eisenberg-J; Dowell-C; McCleery-R; Mueller-C; Achutan-C; Sollberger-R; Hall-RM; Tubbs-R
Source
Int J Occup Environ Health 2009 Jan; 15(1):113
NIOSHTIC No.
20035657
Abstract
The HHE program responded to a union request concerning workers' exposure to dust and noise during saw cutting of cement roofing tiles. HHE program investi­gators observed work practices, and evaluated workers' exposure to dust and noise at three roofing companies. They also screened employees for silicosis using a med­ical questionnaire, lung function testing, and chest x-rays. Testing showed that workers were overex­posed to silica and noise during saw cutting of cement roofing tiles. Results also showed that most roofers had normal lung function, but that lung function decreased with increased years of performing dry-cutting of cement roofing tiles. HHE program investigators recom­mended that managers implement engineering controls and work practice controls to reduce air­borne silica levels. Recommendations were also made regarding implementing mandatory respiratory protection programs and hearing conservation programs. Two of the final reports are available at https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/reports/pdfs/2005-0030-2968.pdf ; and https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/reports/pdfs/2005-0032-2985.pdf .
Keywords
Region-9; Hazards-Confirmed; Silica-dusts; Quartz-dust; Dusts; Respirable-dust; Silicosis; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Lung-disorders; Lung-fibrosis; Noise; Construction-industry; Roofing-and-sheet-metal-work; Heat-stress; Fall-protection; Author Keywords: Roofing Contractors; silica; quartz; dust; total dust; respirable dust; respirable silica; silicosis; noise; construction; roofing; fall protection; lung function; heat stress
CODEN
IOEHFU
CAS No.
14808-60-7
Publication Date
20090101
Document Type
Abstract
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1077-3525
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS; DART
SIC Code
NAICS-238160
Source Name
International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
State
AZ; OH
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