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HHE determination report no. HHE-79-67-694, Western Gypsum Company, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Markel HL Jr.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 79-67-694, 1980 Jun; :1-5
An environmental and medical survey was conducted on April 24, 1979 at the Western Gypsum Company (SIC-3275) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. An authorized representative of the American Federation of Labor/Congress of Industrial Occupations United Cement, Lime and Gypsum Workers International Union requested the evaluation to investigate possible hazards to workers involved in gypsum (10101414) wallboard production. Environmental samples were collected to determine airborne concentrations of gypsum dust. Four production area workers were interviewed to identify medical symptoms. Exhaust velocities of the ventilation system were measured at various work stations. Four personal breathing zones and two general area samples indicated gypsum concentrations ranged from standard of 15mg/m3 for an 8 hour time weighted average. Employee interviews failed to identify and work related health problems. Exhaust velocities ranged from 175 to 200 feet per minute. The authors conclude that a hazard from exposure to gypsum dust did not exist in the wallboard production area.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-79-67-694; Region-6; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Industrial-factory-workers; Gypsum-products; Air-sampling; Air-contaminants; Airborne-dusts; Clinical-symptoms; Exhaust-systems; Author Keywords: gypsum dust; ventilation
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