HHE No. HHE-75-046, General Services Administration, Marion, Ohio, and Fort Wayne, Indiana depots.
NIOSH 1975 Sep; :1-20
Surveys were conducted at the General Services Administration (SIC- 4225) depots in Marion, Ohio and Fort Wayne, Indiana, on June 2 and 3, 1975. A total of 27 atmospheric samples were collected to determine the airborne concentrations of asbestos (1332214) fiber in various warehouses and during handling operations. Personal samples were taken to determine employee exposures, and area samples were collected to determine concentrations in warehouses with minimal activity. Samples collected in warehouses with little activity were below the limits of detection for asbestos. Vacuuming and repairing of asbestos filled bags were the most hazardous operations, with values above the proposed OSHA standard of two fibers per cubic centimeter. At the Marion depot, the checker's exposure was close to the proposed standard. Samples collected in the Fort Wayne depot were well below the standard. The authors recommend the use of protective clothing, respirators, and medical surveillance for all workers exposed to asbestos, with chest X-rays and pulmonary function tests to be performed every 2 years.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Warehousing; Occupational-exposure; Employee-exposure; Exposure-levels; Air-quality-control; HHE-75-046; Region-5
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Industrial Hygiene Services Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Report No. HHE-75-046, 20 pages