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Health hazard evaluation determination report: HHE-78-63-574, International Harvester Facility, Springfield, Ohio.
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 78-63-574, 1979 Mar; :1-17
Environmental and personal air samples were analyzed for airborne nuisance dusts and welding fumes at the International Harvester Facility, in Springfield, Ohio, on April 11, May 30, June 1, June 22, and August 28 to 31, 1978. In addition, medical questionnaires were given and employees' work practices and engineering controls were observed. An evaluation request came from an authorized representative of the approximately 190 affected workers. None of the samples for airborne nuisance particulate exceeded the OSHA standard of 15 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/CuM). Only one sample taken for unclassified welding fumes exceeded the American Conference of Government Industrial Hygienist's recommended standard of 5.0mg/CuM, and only one sample exceeded the same standard for aluminum welding fumes. Questionnaire results revealed that 66 percent of the 32 respondents occasionally experienced flash burns. The author recommends the use of protective equipment by the welders, installation of ultraviolet radiation barriers, use of fume extracting devices, and reevaluation of the ventilation system in order to achieve optimum performance.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-78-63-574; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Region-5; Welding-industry; Air-sampling; Air-contamination; Standards; Work-practices; Injuries; Control-methods; Protective-measures; Worker-health; Hazards-Confirmed; Author Keywords: Nuisance Dust; Welding Fumes; Ozone; MIG Welding
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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