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Walkthrough survey of Hitco, in Gardena, California.

Authors
Dement JM; Bierbaum PJ
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, IWS 35-23, 1975 Aug; :1-13
NIOSHTIC No.
00106229
Abstract
Worker exposure to glass fibers was surveyed at HITCO (SIC-3231) in Gardena, California on July 19, 1973. About 750 persons were employed in three shifts. Medical facilties provided first aid and emergency treatment. During the day shift, a nurse was on duty. Workers were given pre-employment examinations but no chest X-rays or pulmonary function tests were included. Product inspectors were given periodic eye examinations. The factory had a safety engineer, a safety program, and a personal protection program. Four personal air samples were collected on membrane filters for determining exposures to glass fibers by an optical count. Concentrations ranged from 2.1 to 24.4 fibers per milliliter. The authors conclude that a glass fiber health hazard existed. They recommend that exposure be kept to an absolute minimum; the use of engineering controls; appropriate work practices including local exhaust ventilation; provision for respiratory protection and initiation of medical surveillance programs for workers exposed to glass fibers.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Glass-products; Region-9; Workplace-studies; Health-services; Occupational-health-programs; Air-sampling; Airborne-fibers; Industrial-hygiene; Control-methods; Air-contamination
Publication Date
19750830
Document Type
Field Studies; Industry Wide
Fiscal Year
1975
NTIS Accession No.
PB81-225336
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
IWS-35-23
NIOSH Division
DFSCI
SIC Code
3231
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CA; OH
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