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An Evaluation of Environmental Hazards Associated With Metal Foundries Located in the State of Utah.
NIOSH 1969 Feb:3 pages
Environmental hazards in the metal foundry industry were investigated in Utah during November and December, 1968. An unspecified number of foundries were evaluated. The primary hazards were related to silica (7631869) dust exposure and high noise levels. Potential hazards included exposure to smoke and gases generated during pouring operations, vapors and gases produced during shell core molding, and fumes produced during the casting of brass. None of the foundries provided periodic physical or x-ray examinations for any employees. Numerous deficiencies in ventilation were found in all of the foundries. The author recommends more extensive surveys for several of the foundries, monitoring of health and hygienic conditions at the foundries by industrial hygienists, physical examinations of foundry workers to determine their present health status, and periodic medical examinations to detect early signs of occupational illness.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-8; Mineral-dusts; Airborne-dusts; Industrial-processes; Health-services; Air-quality-measurement; Workplace-studies; Medical-monitoring; Noise-pollution; Metal-workers; Occupational-health-programs; IWS-40-16m;
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NIOSH, Division of Field Studies and Clinical Investigations, Environmental Investigations Branch, Cincinnati, Ohio, 3 pages
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