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Health hazard evlauation report: HETA-81-297-1116, U. S. Postal Service, Washington Bulk Mail Center, Washington, D.C.
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 81-297-1116, 1982 May; :1-9
Exposures to asbestos (1332214) and other potential health hazards at the Washington Bulk Mail Center (SIC-4311) in Washington, D.C. were evaluated. The evaluation was requested by the United States Postal Service on behalf of 130 maintenance personnel, and was conducted on August 3 and 4, 1981. Personal air samples for asbestos and respirable particulates were collected and area noise levels were measured. Respirable particulates ranged from 0.03 to standard of 5.0mg/m3. Asbestos concentration were below the laboratory limit of detection. Sound pressure levels throughout the facility showed a maximum of 85 to 86 decibels for any one location. OSHA permits a time weighted average (TWA) exposure level 90 decibels while recommending a maximum TWA exposure of 85 decibels. The authors conclude that hazardous exposures to nuisance dusts, asbestos, or noise were not present at the time of the survey. The authors suggest that certain chores should be performed with an industrial type vacuum cleaner equipped with a high efficiency filter system. Workers should be monitored to determine their TWA noise exposures.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Employee-exposure; Office-workers; Control-technology; Work-practices; Dust-control-equipment; Noise-measurement; HETA-81-297-1116; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-10; Author Keywords: U.S. Postal Service; Asbestos; Noise; Respirable Particulates; Nuisance Dust
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