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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-85-165-1605, St. Louis Police auto body shop, St. Louis, Missouri.

Authors
Carson-GA
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 85-165-1605, 1985 Jul; :1-13
NIOSHTIC No.
00131582
Abstract
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.
Keywords
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
CAS No.
108-88-3; 7439-92-1
Publication Date
19850701
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1985
NTIS Accession No.
PB86-144789
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-85-165-1605
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
7351
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MO; OH
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