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An Industrial Hygiene Survey of the American Smelting and Refining Company, El Paso, Texas.
Larsen-LB; Ludwig-HR; Herwitt-P
NIOSH 1972:14 pages
Potential health hazards to workers were determined at American Smelting and Refining Company (SIC-3339) in El Paso, Texas, from April 17 to 20, 1972. Approximately 1,000 people were employed at the facility. Worker exposures to sulfur-dioxide (7446095), cadmium (7440439), zinc (7440666), copper (7440508), arsenic (7440382) and molybdenum (7439987) were below respective OSHA standards of 13, (insoluble) milligrams per cubic meter (mg/CuM). Concentrations of lead (7439921) exceeded the 0.2mg/CuM OSHA standard. Worker absorption of lead could not be correlated with air concentrations since there was no voluntary blood sampling program. A number of safety hazards were identified. The authors recommend that a more complete safety survey of this facility be undertaken and that corrective action be taken to minimize the hazards.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-6; Primary-metallurgical-processes; Metal-dusts; Occupational-exposure; Worker-health; Heavy-metals; Toxic-effects; Risk-factors; Safety-measures; IWS-56-20;
7446-09-5; 7440-43-9; 7440-66-6; 7440-50-8; 7440-38-2; 7439-98-7; 7439-92-1;
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NIOSH, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, Industry-wide Studies Branch, Industrial Hygiene Section, Cincinnati, Ohio, 14 pages
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