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HHE determination report no. HHE-79-26-614, Detroit Free Press, Detroit, Michigan.
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 79-26-614, 1979 Sep; :1-13
Breathing zone and general area samples were collected at the Detroit Free Press (SIC-2711), Detroit, Michigan on March 30 and 31, 1979. An authorized representative of approximately 80 employees from Local Number 13, International Printing and Graphic Communication Union and Newspaper Printing and Graphic Communication requested the evaluation to determine worker exposures to paper dust, oil mist, and inorganic lead (7439921) in the press and reelroom. Forty three employees completed medical questionnaires and 18 received blood lead tests. All blood samples for lead were in the normal range (40 micrograms of lead per 100 grams of blood). All environmental samples were at or below the OSHA standard for lead of 0.05 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/cum), oil mist (5mg/cum), and total particulates (15mg/cum). Noise levels were between 100 and 105 decibels throughout the pressroom. The authors conclude that a health hazard did not exist at the time of the survey, but there is evidence of a potential noise hazard. Recommendations resulting from the survey include institution of a lead monitoring program, installation of sound absorbing and baffling devices in the pressroom, provision of audiometric testing and preemployment physical examinations, and development of health and safety programs. Ventilation systems should be serviced regularly, and worker and workplace hygiene practices should be improved.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-79-26-614; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Region-5; Noise-pollution; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Air-monitoring; Air-quality-measurement; Medical-screening; Toxic-substances; Airborne-particulates; Sound-damping; Printing-trades; Printers; Unions; Author Keywords: oil mist; inorganic lead; total particulates; paper dust; blood lead; noise; press and reelroom
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