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Health hazard evaluation determination report: HHE-76-87-379, Hercules, Inc., Glens Falls Plant, Glens Falls, New York.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 76-87-379, 1977 Apr; :1-21
A Health Hazard Evaluation investigation was conducted by NIOSH at the Hercules chromate pigment manufacturing plant (SIC-2816), Glens Falls, New York, on August 3-4 and October 4-6, 1976. An authorized representative of employees requested the investigation, after preliminary results from a Dry Color Manufacturer's Association sponsored study showed a higher than expected incidence of lung cancer mortality among chromate pigment producers. The medical files of all of the approximately 80 affected employees were reviewed, while 15 such employees were also interviewed. Environmental survey of the work area, including materials used, ventilation and work practices, revealed that seven employees were exposed to atmospheric levels of hexavalent chromium (7440473) exceeding the current ceiling levels, ranging from 7.5 to 98.2 micrograms per cubic meter; three employees were exposed to atmospheric levels of inorganic lead (7439921) exceeding the current recommended ceilings for lead, ranging from 160 to 200 micrograms per cubic meter. No personal samples exceeded current OSHA standards for either hexavalent chromium or inorganic lead. Recommendations are made for improved ventilation, labeling of lead chromates, personal protective equipment, work practices and medical controls.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-76-87-379; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-2; Heavy-metals; Air-quality-measurement; Chemical-carcinogens; Lead-poisoning; Metal-poisoning; Chromium-poisoning; Air-sampling; Air-contamination; Safety-measures; Exposure-limits; Preventive-medicine; Chemical-processing-industry; Toxicology; Author Keywords: Hexavalent Chromium; Inorganic Lead
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