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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-208-1260, Babcock-Wilcox Plant, Brunswick, Georgia.
Williams TM; Hickey JL; Stopford W; Gilgor DR
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 82-208-1260, 1983 Feb; :1-16
A walk through survey and medical examinations were conducted to determine exposures to polychlorinated-biphenyls (PCBs) and asbestos (1332214) at the Babcock Wilcox facility (SIC-3443), Brunswick, Georgia, on May 18, 1982. The evaluation was requested by Boilermakers Union Local 901 for 45 electricians and maintenance workers. Medical examinations were given to 12 employees, 6 of whom had a history of exposure to PCBs. A questionnaire was administered to determine asbestos exposure. Pulmonary function tests were given to eight workers with potential asbestos exposure. For workers with potential PCB exposure, none exhibited typical skin lesions. Blood concentrations of PCB were within normal ranges. In two subjects, thyroid and liver changes occurred that were consistent with PCB exposure. In subjects evaluated for asbestos exposure, four had decreased vital capacity and three of these had chronic bronchitis. Soil samples contained between 4.8 and 110 parts per million PCBs. The authors conclude that it is likely that workers are exposed to soils containing PCBs and there is potential exposure to asbestos at the facility. The authors recommend that transformers be labeled clearly warning about PCBs. Employees with long potential exposure times to PCBs and asbestos should be monitored to determine the cause of the symptoms.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Environmental-hazards; Environmental-pollution; Dermatitis; Medical-monitoring; Medical-surveys; Organic-chemicals; Pulmonary-disorders; Smoke-inhalation; Asbestos-fibers; HETA-82-208-1260; Region-4; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: Fabricated Plate Work; polychlorinated biphenyls; asbestos; transformers; boilermakers; dermatitis
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