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Technical Assistance Report No. TA-80-35, George's Radiator, Inc., Sunnyvale, California.
Belanger PL; Coye M
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, TA 80-35, 1980 Jun; :1-8
An environmental and medical survey was conducted on February 19 and March 20, 1980 at George's Radiator, Incorporated (SIC-3741) in Sunnyvale, California. A company owner requested the evaluation to determine if six of the company's employees were exposed to hazardous concentrations of inorganic lead (7439921). Five personal and area air samples were collected for inorganic lead at the radiator repairmen's work station. Time weighted average concentrations ranged from 0.01 to 0.10 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3). Two of the personal samples and one area sample exceeded the current OSHA standard of 0.05mg/m3. Eight workers were interviewed and blood samples were analyzed for lead. Blood lead ranged from 11 to 57 micrograms per deciliter. The authors concluded that overexposure to inorganic lead did occur at this facility and had existed over a period of several months. Recommendations included the installation of movable exhaust ventilation at each work station, the provision and utilization of proper respiratory protectors and protective equipment, and the scheduling of periodic medical examinations and safety training programs.
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