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HHE determination report no. HHE-79-90-686, Crouse-Hinds Company, Syracuse, New York.
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 79-90-686, 1980 May; :1-14
Area and personal breathing zone air samples were taken for crystalline silica (7631869) and a medical study of employees with 15 or more years of service was conducted on May 9, 1979 to determine if there was silicosis among the 624 workers at the iron and nonferrous foundries (SIC-3320) of Crouse-Hinds Company at Syracuse, New York. The evaluation was requested by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2084. The medical study included a respiratory questionnaire, chest x-ray and pulmonary function tests. Breathing zone monitoring with selected workers from different job classifications was conducted and samples were collected on filter paper using personal sampling vacuum pumps drawing air at 1.7 liters per minute. Twenty-eight environmental samples were taken for respirable crystalline silica and 7 for total particulates. The authors conclude that there is no health hazard and that there is little risk of developing silicosis for most of the foundry workers, however, there is a higher risk associated with grinding and knock out jobs. The authors recommend medical surveillance procedures and environmental improvements.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-79-90-686; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-2; Minerals; Hazardous-chemicals; Pulmonary-function; Work-environment; Unions; Medical-monitoring; Author Keywords: crystalline silica; foundry; X-ray; pulmonary function
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