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HHE determination report no. HHE-80-89-723, Denver Radiator and Shutter Service, Denver Colorado.
Gunter BJ; Pryor RD
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 80-89-723 1980 Jul; :1-8
Environmental and medical surveys were conducted and blood samples were collected on May 13 and 19, 1980, to evaluate occupational exposures to lead (7439921) (Pb) during the repair of commercial and automobile radiators at the Denver Radiator and Shutter Service (SIC- 7540) in Denver, Colorado. The evaluation was requested by the owner and operators on behalf of an unspecified number of workers. Airborne concentrations of lead ranged from 10 to 570 micrograms per cubic meter, exceeding the OSHA standard of 50 micrograms per cubic meter. Blood lead values ranged from, 20 to 66 micrograms per 100 grams. Radiator mechanics received the greatest exposure to lead and had the greatest blood lead concentrations. The authors conclude that a health hazard existed from overexposure to lead. They recommend that approved respirators be worn by employees until engineering controls are implemented, that smoking, eating, and drinking be prohibited in the work area, that workers be given clean clothes at the beginning of each shift, and that all radiator mechanics have blood lead evaluations every 6 months.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-89-723; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-8; Health-surveys; Sampling; Blood-samples; Workplace-studies; Heavy-metals; Medical-monitoring; Medical-examinations; Worker-health; Author Keywords: lead; blood lead
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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