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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-79-129-1350, San Francisco Newspaper Agency, San Francisco, California.
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 79-129-1350, 1983 Aug; :1-25
Environmental samples were analyzed for asbestos (1332214), lead (7439921), paper dust, mineral-oil (8012951) mist, and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons at the San Francisco Newspaper Agency (SIC- 2711) San Francisco, California in August 1979. The survey was requested by the president of the Web Pressmen and Platemakers Local Union Number 4 on behalf of 246 workers to assess exposures to ink mists and paper dusts. Paper samples were analyzed for asbestos. Six ink samples were analyzed for 31 metals. One ink was examined for polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons. Air samples were taken for inorganic lead, paper dust, and mineral-oil mist measurements. A respiratory symptom questionnaire was administered. Pulmonary function testing was conducted. No asbestos was found in the paper. Lead was the only metal found in any of the inks at a concentration greater than 1 percent. No polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons were detected. No lead was detected in air samples. Paper dust concentrations were 20 percent or less of the OSHA standards. Oil mist concentrations were 33 percent or less of OSHA standards. Pulmonary function tests revealed no difference between pressmen and comparisons. The authors conclude that no overexposure to lead, asbestos, ink mists, or dust exists. Proper safety precautions are recommended.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-9; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Dust-exposure; Pulmonary-disorders; Respiration; HETA-79-129-1350; Author Keywords: Newspapers: Publishing, Publishing and Printing; paper dust; ink mists; printing
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