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Industrial Hygiene Survey Report of the New York City Sanitation, Traffic, and Polic Brake Servicing Facilities, Queens, New York.
NIOSH 1979 Jan:20 pages
Worker exposures to asbestos (1332214) were surveyed on January 9 to 11, 1979, at New York City Sanitation Traffic and Police Brake Servicing facilities (SIC-7539) in Queens, New York. The number of workers was not reported. In the sanitation vehicle repair station, personal and general area asbestos concentrations were 0.12 to 0.54 and 0.05 to 0.06 fibers greater than 5 microns per cubic centimeter (f/cc), respectively. Personal exposures in the traffic vehicle repair station were 0.15 to 2.62f/cc, and general area concentrations were 0.06 to 0.07f/cc. In the police vehicle repair station, personal exposures ranged from 0.03 to 0.81f/cc, and general area concentrations were 0.03 to 0.07f/cc. The author notes that asbestos exposures will vary depending on work practices, and the amount of time spent in actual brake servicing or the service area. Significant concentrations may be generated during cleaning of the brake shoes and brake housing backing plate. Recommendations include the use of respirators and implementation of a vacuum or wet cleaning system to remove dust from the brake housing.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-2; Workplace-studies; Air-contamination; Airborne-dusts; Automobile-repair-shops; Air-sampling; Work-practices; Control-methods; IWS-32-64;
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NIOSH, Division Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, Industry-wide Studies Branch, Cincinnati, Ohio, 20 pages, 7 references
Page last reviewed: April 12, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division