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Abrasive Blasting Respiratory Protective Practices Survey at Boeing Aerospace Company, Seattle, Washington.
NIOSH 1973 Aug:122 pages
Respiratory protective practices used by workers in industrial abrasive blasting operations were surveyed. A representative population was chosen for the on-site survey and monitoring from a preliminary survey of 3,903 firms. Field surveys consisted of worker interviews, respirable dust measurements, noise level measurements, and general work practice observations. Respirator maintenance was consistently poor. The average sand blaster was often exposed to excessive amounts of quartz (14808607) and noise. The author recommends that workers be permitted to select respirators that they can wear comfortably and be given professional fitting instructions, that periodic physical examinations be provided, and hearing protection be used by both blasters and pot men.
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Contract; Contract-099-71-47; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Industrial-factory-workers; Abrasive-blasting; Silicates; Noise-levels; Noise-analysis; Respiratory-irritants; Protective-measures;
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NIOSH, Engineering Laboratories, Health Services and Mental Health Administration, DHEW
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