Technical Assistance Report No. TA-78-64, Orlando Fire Department Station Number 6, Orlando, Florida.
NIOSH 1979 Feb:4 pages
Personal air samples were analyzed to determine the asbestos (1332214) exposure resulting from the use of proximity suits made of aluminized asbestos fabric at the Orlando Fire Department Training Center (SIC-9224), Orlando, Florida, on November 27, 1978. The evaluation was requested by the fire chief on behalf of an unspecified number of fire fighters, paramedics and fire officers. Samples were collected on membrane filters. All samples are analyzed by phase contrast microscopy techniques. Fiber counts in all samples were below detectable limits. Average fiber size could not be measured since so few were collected. The investigators note that the OSHA standard for asbestos is a time weighted average concentration of 2.0 fibers greater than 5 microns long per cubic centimeter of air with a peak concentration of 10.0 fibers greater than 5 microns in length per cubic centimeter of air. They conclude that an asbestos hazard did not result from the wearing of aluminized asbestos clothing. They recommend that asbestos lined clothing be replaced, wherever feasible, by other materials with lower chronic toxicities, and occasional air sampling for asbestos exposure.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; TA-78-64; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-4; Asbestos-dusts; Air-sampling; Health-surveys; Protective-clothing; Fibrous-bodies;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 4 pages, 4 references