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A Medical Survey for Lead Hazards at Dismantling Company, Inc., Tacoma, Washington.
NIOSH 1969 Jul:4 pages
Worker exposure to lead (7439921) (Pb) was investigated at the Zidell Dismantling Company, Incorporated (SIC-3441) in Tacoma, Washington, on July 21 and 22, 1969. Blood and urine samples and medical and occupational questionnaires were collected from 23 men working as burners during ship dismantling. Blood lead concentration was excessive in one worker, amounting to 95 micrograms Pb per 100 grams blood. Other samples were normal or acceptable at values under 40 or 40 to 80 micrograms Pb per 100 grams blood, respectively. Eleven urine specimens contained over 150 micrograms Pb per liter. Medical examinations did not reveal any Pb intoxication. The author recommends medical monitoring, removal from exposure zones if blood Pb concentrations reach 80 micrograms Pb per 100 grams blood, use of protective equipment, and ventilation improvements to reduce Pb hazards.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-10; Heavy-metals; Occupational-exposure; Hematology; Urinalysis; Blood-disorders; Shipyard-workers; Sampling; IWS-56-22;
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NIOSH, Division of Surveillance, Hazards Evaluation and Field Studies, 4 pages
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