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Technical assistance report no. TA-79-17, Saint Elizabeth's Hospital, Washington, D.C.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, TA 79-17, 1979 Jun; :1-7
A total of six area and breathing zone air samples were collected on March 19, 1979 at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital, (SIC-8062) Washington, D.C., to determine if dust emitted during the installation of fire alarms and smoke detectors could present an asbestos (1332214) exposure potential. Bulk samples of ceiling and wall boards also were collected for qualitative analysis. Sampling was prompted by a request from the safety manager at the hospital. Air samples were analyzed using phase contrast microscopy, and bulk samples were analyzed using electron microscopy. All sample analyses resulted in fiber counts below detectable limits, and, consequently, less than OSHA standards (2.0 fibers greater than 5 microns in length per cubic centimeters of air). It is recommended that eye protection equipment be used to prevent injury from flying particles, chips, and other debris. Helmets should be used in situations in which workers are subjected to impact from falling or flying objects. The OSHA noise standard should be adhered to when using power drills and pneumatic drills. NIOSH approved respiratory protection also should be provided when this equipment is used.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; TA-79-17; Region-3; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Air-sampling; Asbestos-dust
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