Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-80-096-1359, Eureka Company, Bloomington, Illinois.
Orris-P; Cone-J; McQuilkin-S
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 80-096-1359, 1983 Aug; :1-22
Environmental samples were analyzed for vanadium (7440622) and asbestos (1332214) at the Eureka Company (SIC-3691), Bloomington, Illinois, in May 1980. Request for the survey was made on behalf of the workers in Area-W because of concern about worker complaints of respiratory problems, sore throats, chronic coughs, skin rashes, nosebleeds, metal taste and green color inside the mouth. All symptoms subsided when away from Area-W. Airborne concentrations of vanadium and asbestos were measured. Pulmonary function tests were performed. Urine samples were analyzed for vanadium. Airborne vanadium concentrations ranged from 0.10 to 0.13 milligrams per cubic meter, which was above NIOSH standards but below OSHA standards. Airborne asbestos ranged from 0.01 to 0.53 fibers per cubic centimeter. One sample was above NIOSH standards but below OSHA standards. Vanadium concentrations in urine were higher in Area-W workers than in workers in other areas, about 21 micrograms per liter compared to about 3 micrograms per liter. Pulmonary function tests were normal. The authors conclude that hazards exist from vanadium dust and asbestos fiber exposures. Improved ventilation is recommended.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Employee-exposure; Dust-inhalation; Dust-exposure; HETA-80-096-1359;
Author Keywords: vanadium; asbestos; aerospace; thermal batteries; zirconium
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health