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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-086-1126, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Montoursville, Pennsylvania.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 82-086-1126, 1982 Jun; :1-9
Asbestos (1332214) exposures at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District Office (SIC-9621) in Montoursville, Pennsylvania were investigated. The survey was requested by AFSCME, AFL-CIO, Council 13, and was performed on February 2, 1982. Sampling for asbestos was conducted in areas which had a false ceiling or where the ceiling was sealed with three coats of paint. Bulk samples of settled dust, ceiling tile, and insulation were also examined for asbestos content. Area air samples were below the analytical limit of detection of 0.01 fibers per cubic centimeter of air and thus well below OSHA standards of 2 fibers per cubic centimeter of air. Of the settled dust samples, only one contained asbestos (less than 1 percent). Two of five ceiling tile insulations contained asbestos (1 to 2 and 10 to 20 percent, respectively). The author concludes that there is no health hazard due to asbestos exposure during normal working operations; however, there could be exposures to asbestos during housekeeping and maintenance operations. Recommendations are to perform all cleaning and dusting operations using vacuum or wet methods for these operations.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Office-workers; Asbestos-products; Dust-exposure; Employee-exposure; HETA-82-086-1126; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-3; Author Keywords: Transportation Departments - Government; Asbestos
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