Health hazard evaluation report: HHE-79-14-760, General Electric Company, Evendale, Ohio.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 79-14-760, 1980 Oct; :1-8
Worker exposures to metallic vanadium (7440622) and airborne particulates were investigated at the General Electric Company (SIC- 3510) in Evendale, Ohio, on January 25 and May 22, 1979, in response to a request from an authorized representative of the United Automobile Workers International Union, Local 647. Thirteen personal air samples were collected in the jet engine fan blade finishing area where approximately 88 workers were employed in two shifts. None of the samples contained vanadium in excess of the OSHA 1.0 milligram per cubic meter (mg/CuM) standard. The maximum 8 hour time weighted average (TWA) exposure to vanadium was 0.097 mg/CuM. Total particulate concentration in the outside shroud area was 16.8 mg/CuM, in excess of the 15.0 mg/CuM OSHA standard. Hearing loss, nose bleeds, sinus problems, headaches, nose irritations, bronchitis, and shortness of breath were reported by 14 of 27 interviewed workers. The author concludes that outside shroud area workers were exposed to harmful particulate concentrations. He recommends protective equipment for workers in areas with particulate concentrations in excess of 15.0 mg/CuM and at fan polishing work sites. Ventilation should be inspected periodically.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-79-14-760; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Air-contamination; Vanadium-dust; Region-5; Air-sampling; Workplace-studies;
Author Keywords: Engine and Turbines; Vanadium; Nuisance Particulates; Jet Engine Fan Blades
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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