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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-257-1115, Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona.
Thoburn TW; Gunter BJ
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 81-257-1115, 1982 May; :1-23
A health hazard evaluation of heat stress and solvent exposures to workers engaged in preservation servicing of mothballed planes at Davis Monthan Air Force Base (SIC-4582), Tuscon, Arizona was performed. A representative of the American Federation of Government Employees, Local 2924, requested the evaluation. The study was conducted on August 25 through 28, 1981. Area air samples for lead (7439921), chromium (7440473), methyl-ethyl-ketone (78933) (MEK), methylene-chloride (75092) (MCl), and total hydrocarbons were collected, and heat stress was evaluated. Lead samples were below the detection limit of 0.001 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3). Chromium samples peaked at 0.05mg/m3 compared to a NIOSH standard of Total hydrocarbons sample concentrations peaked at 299mg/m3 compared to a NIOSH standard of 525mg/m3. The wet bulb globe temperature always exceeded 26.7 degrees-C by midmorning. Workers reported few symptoms of heat stress although pulse rate and skin temperature were occasionally excessive. The authors conclude that there were no excessive exposures to solvents. However, workers are subjected to a hot environment often exceeding the upper limit for strenuous work. The authors recommend reducing and monitoring heat stress during work.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Industrial-exposures; Airport-personnel; Heat-stress; Protective-clothing; HETA-81-257-1115; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-9; Author Keywords: Aircraft Storage; heat stress; impervious suit; chromium; lead; methyl ethyl ketone; methylene chloride; total hydrocarbons
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