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Monitoring of workplaces for lead and problems involved.
NIOSH 1976 Feb; :10-18
Biological and environmental monitoring of occupational exposures to lead have been well evaluated and documented for more than 30 years. The safe level of exposure for lead dust and fumes has been firmly established to be of the order of 0.15 milligram per cubic meter. Recent studies by NIOSH have shown high exposures, up to 34 milligram per cubic meter and average 3-hour exposures up to 25 milligram per cubic meter, in police firing ranges. Studies of basic lead production, sintering of lead alloys, and spraying of lead chromate paints found high levels of lead both environmentally and by whole blood bioassay. The hazard of lead poisoning is not controlled by the physician, not by prophylactic medical therapy, but substantially by controlling the environment to known safe levels.
NIOSH-Publication; Air-contamination; Air-contaminants; Heavy-metals; Paint-industry; Blood-chemistry; Toxicology; Metal-poisoning
Health Effects of Occupational Lead and Arsenic Exposure, A Symposium, NIOSH Contract No. 210-75-0026 (Papers presented at Chicago, Illinois, February 24-25, 1975) HEW Publication No. (NIOSH) 75-134
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