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Walk-through survey report of Whitehead and Kales, River Rouge, Michigan.
Matanoski GM; Levin MS; Billings CE; Schott D
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, IWS 74-19, 1979 Nov; :1-11
Health hazards to workers in painting operations were determined at Whitehead and Kales (SIC-3743) in River Rouge, Michigan, from September 25 to 26, 1978. The company was under consideration for inclusion in a NIOSH in-depth epidemiological, industrial hygiene, and medical study of health hazards in the painting trades. Approximately 60 of the employees were painters, and some of the workers in other job classifications were also possibly exposed. The company had no formal industrial hygiene program. The company employed two nurses and provided blood lead examinations two times per year on painters. There was a local rescue squad and about 30 employees on each shift were trained in first-aid. Personnel records provided personal, demographic, and payroll information and a separate file for health insurance and workman's compensation claims was kept. The paint spray booth and spray yard were so large and widely spaced that paint vapor concentrations were low. The authors recommend that this company not be included in the NIOSH survey, but they note that the medical records available and the blood lead data would make the company ideal for studying the relationship between painting and lead exposure.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-5; Health-surveys; Workplace-studies; Air-contamination; Health-services; Industrial-processes; Control-methods; Industrial-health-programs; Painting-industry
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
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