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HHE determination report no. HHE-77-68-417, The Washington Post Company, Washington, D.C.,.
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 77-68-417, 1977 Aug; :1-14
Environmental and medical surveys were conducted on April 25 and 26, 1977, to evaluate employee exposures to burning oil at The Washington Post Company (SIC-2711) in Washington, D.C. The evaluation was requested by an authorized representative on behalf of 30 affected employees. Environmental samples for lead (7439921), tin (7440315), antimony (7440360), oil mist and associated vapors indicated that worker exposures were not in excess of the recommended criteria. Some workers experienced irritation when exposed to smoke and vapors generated by the casting operation. The author concludes that the physiological stresses reported by the subject workers may be due to individual susceptibility and that no health hazard existed at the time of the survey. The author recommends that the workers experiencing discomfort leave the room during periods of greater contaminant generation, that the pedestal fan be moved to a more effective position, that all persons assisting in or observing the operation of shop equipment wear protective shields or glasses, that a safer practice be adopted for cleaning lead residues, and that the casting room be isolated from the rest of the work area.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-77-68-417; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Newspapers; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Printers; Printing-equipment; Metallic-poisons; Gases; Physiological-effects; Personal-protective-equipment; Occupational-health-programs; Author Keywords: lead; tin; antimony; oil; hydrocarbons; carbon monoxide; carbon dioxide
7439-92-1; 7440-31-5; 7440-36-0
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