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Health hazard evaluation determination report: HHE-78-85-513, Tri-District Health Clinic, Algoma, West Virginia.

Authors
Ollinger-W; Kronoveter-KJ
Source
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 78-85-513, 1978 Aug; :1-13
NIOSHTIC No.
00099481
Abstract
Environmental and medical surveys were conducted on May 24, 1978, to evaluate the toxic exposures to inorganic mercury (7439976) vapor at the Tri-District Health Clinic in Algoma, West Virginia (SIC-8081). The evaluation was requested from the personnel department for an unspecified number of workers. A direct reading instrument did not detect contaminants in tested areas. Long term air sampling revealed mercury concentrations as great as 0.022 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3) which as below the OSHA standard of 0.10mg/m3. Urine sample analysis showed mercury concentrations were below the limit of detection. The authors conclude that a health hazard did not exist at the time of the survey. They recommend that floors be stripped of old wax, cleaned and rewaxed periodically to prevent mercury from becoming trapped in floor cracks; that trash be emptied daily; that air be exhausted and not recirculated; that office furniture be made of nonporous materials, and that local exhaust ventilation be installed for the grinder and polisher in the laboratory.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-78-85-513; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Health-services; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Metallic-poisons; Air-contaminants; Health-care; Air-sampling; Dentistry; Ventilation-systems; Work-practices; Materials-handling; Clinical-tests; Author Keywords: Inorganic Mercury; Urine Mercury; Dental Office; Amalgamator
CAS No.
7439-97-6
Publication Date
19780801
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1978
NTIS Accession No.
PB81-143885
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HHE-78-85-513
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
8081
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
WV; OH
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