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HHE determination report no. HHE-80-114-737, Potomac Photo Supply, Washington, D.C.
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 80-114-737, 1980 Aug; :1-4
Environmental surveys were conducted on May 18, 1980, to evaluate employee exposures airborne asbestos from the building insulation at Potomac Photo Supply (SIC-3861) in Washington, D.C. The evaluation was requested by an authorized employee on behalf of the 18 affected employees. Airborne asbestos concentrations ranged from undetectable to 0.04 fibers per cubic centimeter (fibers/cc), well below the OSHA standard of 2 fibers/cc. Analysis of a bulk insulation sample indicated the presence of about 40 to 60 percent amosite asbestos. The author concludes that no hazardous exposure to asbestos existed at the time of the survey. He recommends that periodic monitoring be instituted. If the environmental findings indicated a potential hazard, the insulation should be removed, encapsulated or enclosed.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-114-737; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-2; Health-surveys; Asbestos-dust; Insulation-materials; Dust-exposure; Fibrous-bodies; Air-sampling; Dust-analysis; Workplace-studies; Safety-measures; Author Keywords: Asbestos; Building Insulation
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