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HHE determination report no. HHE-80-27-704, Airco Welding Products, Chester, West Virginia.

Authors
Lee SA
Source
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 80-27-704, 1980 Jun; :1-11
NIOSHTIC No.
00098093
Abstract
An environmental and medical survey was conducted on November 6, 1979 at the Airco Welding Products (SIC-3480) in Chester, West Virginia. An authorized representative of the employees requested the evaluation to investigate worker exposure to air contaminants while manufacturing welding wire. Environmental samples were taken during normal operating conditions for methylene-chloride (75092), carbon-monoxide (630080), iron-oxide (1309371), copper (7440508), nickel (7440020), chromium (7440473), manganese (7439965), zirconium (7440677), molybdenum (7439987), silica (7631869), fluorides, hydrochloric-acid (7647010), and sulfuric-acid (7664939). Methylene- chloride concentrations ranged from 33 to 630 parts per million (ppm), with two samples exceeding the OSHA standard of 500ppm. Iron- oxide contractions were 7.4, 6.7, and 1.4 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3) which were below the OSHA standard of 10mg/m3. Airborne measurements for manganese, fluorides, copper, hydrochloric-acid and sulfuric-acid were all below applicable standards. Personal breathing zone samples taken for free crystalline silica, chromium, nickel, molybdenum, and zirconium were below the limits of detection. Interviews with 11 day shift employees revealed complaints associated with methylene-chloride exposure. The authors conclude that a health hazard exists from exposures to methylene- chloride, carbon-monoxide, and iron-oxide. They recommend implementation of improved work practices, engineering controls, and the use of personal protective equipment.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-27-704; Region-3; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Hazardous-chemicals; Welders; Air-contaminants; Organic-solvents; Toxic-gases; Copper-dust; Heavy-metals; Transition-metals; Inorganic-acids; Personal-protective-equipment; Author Keywords: Welding Wire; Methylene Chloride; Iron Oxide
CAS No.
75-09-2; 630-08-0; 1309-37-1; 7440-50-8; 7440-02-0; 7440-47-3; 7439-96-5; 7440-67-7; 7439-98-7; 7631-86-9; 7647-01-0; 7664-93-9
Publication Date
19800601
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1980
NTIS Accession No.
PB81-112591
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HHE-80-27-704
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3480
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
WV; OH
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