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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-85-165-1605, St. Louis Police auto body shop, St. Louis, Missouri.
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 85-165-1605, 1985 Jul; :1-13
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for toluene (108883), lead (7439921), and total dust at the Saint Louis Police Auto Body Shop (SIC-7351), Saint Louis, Missouri in January and February, 1985. The evaluation was requested by the Health Commissioner of the City of Saint Louis to investigate working conditions in the body shop. A prior health department investigation had indicated that there might be health hazards in the shop area. Environmental toluene concentrations ranged from non detectable to 4.5 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3). The OSHA standard for toluene is 750mg/m3. No lead was detected. Environmental and breathing zone total dust exposures ranged from non detectable to 2.9mg/m3 and from 0.44 to 13mg/m3, respectively. The OSHA standard for total dust is 15mg/m3. The author notes that one dust sample exceeded the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists' threshold limit value of 10mg/m3. The author concludes that a potential health hazard exists due to overexposure to total dust while performing certain repairs at the facility. Recommendations include installing a supply air ventilation system for the exhaust fans, orienting vehicles in the shop so that technicians are always working upstream of the airflow, and providing respiratory protection when it is not possible to control dust emissions.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Automotive-industry; Region-7; Exposure-limits; Dust-exposure; Environmental-control; Analytical-methods; HETA-85-165-1605; Author Keywords: Automotive Repair Shops/Top and Body Repair Shops; toluene; lead; total dust; respiratory protection; ventilation
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