HHE determination report no. HHE-79-4-598, Lenox China, Inc., Pomona, New Jersey.
Ruhe RL; Donohue MT
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 79-4-598, 1979 Jun; :1-13
An environmental and medical survey was conducted on February 28 and March 1, 1979 at Lenox China, Inc. (SIC-3269) Pomona, New Jersey, to evaluate the exposure of approximately 30 employees to hydrochloric- acid (7647010), inorganic lead (7439921), and total particulates. The survey was prompted by a request from an authorized representative of Local 236, International Brotherhood of Pottery and Allied Workers. Breathing zone air sample tests revealed that exposures to lead of 0.01 to 0.87 milligrams per cubic meter of air (mg/cu m) exceeded OSHA standards of 0.05 mg/cu m for 3 to 10 die makers. Plaster mixer operators were exposed to levels of total particulates (1.4 to 16.5 mg/cu m) that exceeded OSHA limits (15 mg/cu m) in four instances. All concentrations of hydrochloric-acid were below OSHA standards of 5 parts per million parts of air. Ten of 25 workers reported health problems that they attributed to work. Blood lead level samples taken for five employees were normal. It is concluded that lead and total particulate exposure levels constituted a potential hazard. Improvements in the company's medical program, increases in the use of protective clothing and equipment, and improvements in engineering controls are recommended.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-79-4-598; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Region-2; Vitreous-china-food-utensils; Hazards-Confirmed; Occupational-exposure; Air-sampling; Medical-screening;
Author Keywords: hydrochloric acid; inorganic lead; total particulates; dust
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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