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Health hazard evaluation determination report: HHE-78-17-567, Kawecki Berylco Industries, Inc., Reading, Pennsylvania.
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 78-17-567, 1979 Mar; :1-22
Personal breathing zone samples were collected and analyzed for Beryllium (7440417) (Be) dust, employee medical interviews and conferences with management were held, and work practices, conditions, and exposure controls were observed at the Kawecki Berylco Industries, Inc. (SIC-5052) in Reading, Pennsylvania on January 10 to 11, 1978. The request was made by an employees' representative for the Kawecki Berylco Hygiene Assistants regarding exposure of approximately 400 employees to asbestos (1332214) and Be. Asbestos activities were not observed during this survey. Breathing zone samples for the 3.5 hour morning maintenance activities contained 58 (cu/m3) and 64 micrograms per cubic meter (cu m) of Be dust, and the 3 hour afternoon maintenance activities contained 15 and 4.0 micrograms/cu m, all exceeding the OSHA standard concentration of 2.0 micrograms/cu m. The author recommends that asbestos be replaced with other materials in the reflock activity and respirator protection and decontamination facilities, and that locker rooms and showers be provided to reduce exposure to beryllium dust or contaminated clothing and personnel. Engineering process modifications and other controls to reduce worker exposure to Be also were recommended.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-78-17-567; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-3; Air-contamination; Alkaline-earth-metals; Employee-exposure; Dust-collection; Dust-analysis; Asbestos-dusts; Risk-factors; Environmental-engineering; Author Keywords: Beryllium; Asbestos; Alloy
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