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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-426-1062, Xomox Corporation, Cincinnati, Ohio.
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 81-426-1062, 1982 Mar; :1-6
A request from the safety coordinator of the Xomox Corporation (SIC- 3494) Cincinnati, Ohio to determine lead (7439921) exposure in the paint spray booth at the facility was received. The study was conducted on October 14, 1981. The two paint spray operators were exposed to airborne lead in concentrations ranging from 10 to 80 micrograms per cubic meter (microg/m3) compared to an OSHA standard of 50microg/m3. These employees had blood lead concentrations below 30 micrograms per 100 milliliters (microg/100ml) of blood compared to a normal upper limit of 40microg/100ml. Analysis of personal air samples for hexavalent-chromium (7440473) ranged from less than detectable to 0.38microg/m3 compared to an OSHA standard of 100microg/m3. The operators wore NIOSH approved high efficiency air purifying respirators for airborne lead while performing their duties. Neither paint spray operator reported health problems. The author concludes that one operator was exposed to airborne concentrations of inorganic lead above recommended standards. However, blood lead values were within current guidelines for both workers.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Spray-painting; Worker-health; Industrial-hygiene; Heavy-metals; Air-sampling; Region-5; HETA-81-426-1062; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: Valves and Pipe Fittings; inorganic lead; hexavalent chromium; paint spray; valves
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