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HHE determination report no. HHE-79-114-717, Earl Scheib Auto Painting Inc., Denver, Colorado.
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 79-114-717, 1980 Jul; :1-9
Environmental surveys were conducted and blood samples collected on August 8, 1979, to evaluate hazards from lead (7439921), chromium (7440473), nuisance dust, and paint solvents at the Earl Scheib Auto Paint Shop (SIC-7535) in Denver, Colorado. The evaluation was requested by the shop manager on behalf of the approximately 10 affected employees. Paint solvent sample concentrations were all below maximum allowable concentrations. Airborne lead concentrations ranged from undetectable to 80 micrograms per cubic meter (/m3), exceeding the OSHA standard of 50 micrograms/m3. Chromium concentrations ranged from 10 to 200 micrograms/m3, which were below the OSHA standard of 500 micrograms/m3. The particulate dust concentrations ranged from 0.4 to 2.7 milligrams (mg)/m3, which were below the OSHA standard of 15mg/m3. All blood test results were within normal ranges indicating no evidence of excessive lead exposure. The author concludes that atmospheric concentrations of chromium were above the evaluation criteria. Due to the infrequency of the exposure and the use of respirators, workers did not suffer from overexposure to lead. He recommends that the painter position himself so that air blows the spray away from him, that employees be discouraged from eating and smoking in the work area, and that clean up operations use devices that will not create additional airborne dust.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-79-114-717; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Paint-shops; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-8; Workplace-studies; Air-contamination; Heavy-metals; Airborne-dusts; Paints; Standards; Control-methods; Author Keywords: lead; chromium; nuisance dust; paint solvent; airborne particulate; blood lead; free erythrocyte protoporphrin; FEP
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