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Health hazard evaluation determination report: HHE-79-53-625, Empire Radiator, Inc., Littleton, Colorado.
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 79-53-625, 1979 Oct; :1-10
Breathing zone air samples were taken, and biological monitoring of workers was conducted to determine the content of lead (7439921) in air and blood at Empire Radiator, Inc., (SIC-7692) Littleton, Colorado, on March 9 and 15, 1979. An evaluation request came from the company owner on behalf of four affected workers. Environmental sampling indicated lead concentrations that exceeded the current OSHA standard of 0.05 milligrams per cubic meter of air. Blood lead results for the four employees were 40, 40, 51, and 32 micrograms per 100 grams whole blood (micrograms/100g). Only one of these samples was in excess of the 1982 projected OSHA standard of 50 micrograms/100g, and none exceeded the current 1980 standard of 80 micrograms/100g. The author concludes that a potential health hazard did exist at this work place, based on excessive lead exposures and slightly elevated whole blood lead concentrations. Recommendations resulting from the evaluation include improved ventilation; prohibition of eating, drinking, and smoking in the repair shop; and employee education regarding the hazards and toxicology of lead.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-79-53-625; Region-8; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Automotive-repair; Hazards-Confirmed; Biological-monitoring; Blood-sampling; Blood-chemistry; Lead-fumes; Air-sampling; Chemical-exposure; Physiological-response; Protective-measures; Author Keywords: Radiator Repair; Lead; Blood Lead
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