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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-364-1243, Ohio Thermometer Company, Springfield, Ohio.

Authors
Wallingford-KM
Source
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 82-364-1243, 1982 Dec; :1-7
NIOSHTIC No.
00127582
Abstract
Worker exposures to inorganic mercury (7439976) were investigated on September 15, 1982 at the Ohio Thermometer Company (SIC-3820) in Springfield, Ohio. The evaluation was requested by an employer representative of the company on behalf of about 100 workers. Direct reading mercury vapor measurements were taken, and ventilation efficiency also was assessed. Inorganic mercury vapor concentrations ranged from 4 to 145 micrograms per cubic meter, compared to the NIOSH 8 hour time which weighed an average standard 50 micrograms per cubic meter. Residual mercury was seen in cracks of wood floors and work tables. One of three ventilation systems tested provided insufficient air flow. The author concludes that a hazard exists due to inorganic mercury. He recommends improved workplace and personal hygiene, removal of all residual mercury, and immediate cleanup procedures for mercury spills.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Employee-exposure; Industrial-hygiene; Air-sampling; Industrial-ventilation; Time-weighted-average-exposure; Work-practices; Heavy-metals; HETA-82-364-1243; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-5; Author Keywords: Instruments for Measuring, Controlling, and Indicating Physical Characteristics; Inorganic Mercury; Thermometer Manufacturing
CAS No.
7439-97-6
Publication Date
19821201
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1983
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-172881
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-82-364-1243
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3820
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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