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Technical assistance report no. TA-77-18, KW Battery Division, Skokie, Illinois.
Belanger PL; Thoburn TW
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1978 Nov; :1-40
Environmental and personal air samples were analyzed for inorganic lead (7439921) at KW Battery Division (SIC-3691) in Skokie, Illinois, on May 17 to 19, June 2 to 3, and August 11 to 12, 1977. The Personnel Relations Manager of the facility requested the evaluation on behalf of approximately 130 production workers. Lead concentrations ranged from 0.02 to 5.81 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/CuM), compared with the proposed OSHA standard of 0.10mg/CuM. Thirteen of 101 workers had blood lead concentrations in the 60 to 80 micrograms per 100 milliliter range and 2 in the 80 to 100 micrograms per milliliter range. Blood lead concentrations above 60 micrograms per 100 milliliters are considered a health hazard. The author recommends several ventilation modifications and work procedural changes to reduce lead exposure, continuation of the lead monitoring program, and worker education regarding the reproductive effects of lead exposure.
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