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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-80-172-1032, General Electric, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Authors
Burroughs-GD; Schulte-P
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 80-172-1032, 1982 Jan; :1-10
NIOSHTIC No.
00127770
Abstract
Potentially hazardous exposure to metal fumes, fluxes, solvents, blasting grit, and carbon-monoxide (630080) in the construction and application of monitoring devices to test jet engines was investigated. The workers were employed at the General Electric aircraft engine facility (SIC-3724), Cincinnati, Ohio. The study was requested by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and was performed on July 23 and October 16, 1980. About 70 workers were employed as instrumentation mechanics. Environmental measurements and epidemiologic investigations were performed. Two of nine air samples, one personal breathing zone and one area, were about 3 times the NIOSH recommended maximum time weighted average concentration of 15 micrograms per cubic meter (microg/m3). Airborne particulates were below the evaluation criteria of 10 milligrams per cubic meter (millig/m3). Carbon- monoxide was below the limit of detection of 5 parts per million (ppm) and the evaluation criteria of 35ppm. The rate of heart disease in the instrumentation mechanics was slightly higher than in a comparison group. The authors conclude that no environmental contaminants were measured at concentrations expected to cause heart disease or other health problems. The excess of heart disease is suggestive that the group may have an elevated risk of heart disease. The authors recommend steps to evaluate job stress and personal risk factors pertaining to those workers.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Aerospace-workers; Mechanics; Occupational-exposure; Air-sampling; Job-stress; Region-5; HETA-80-172-1032; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: Aircraft Engines and Engine Parts; Nickel; Carbon Monoxide; Heart disease
CAS No.
630-08-0
Publication Date
19820101
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB83-199927
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-80-172-1032
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3724
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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