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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-83-073-1293, Russell-Zuhl, Incorporated, New York City, New York.
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 83-073-1293, 1983 Apr; :1-8
An evaluation of airborne asbestos (1332214) was conducted at Russell Zuhl, Incorporated (SIC-3281), New York, New York on December 21, 1982. The survey was requested by management to determine asbestos exposures at the storage and work facilities. Bulk sampling of pipe coverings were collected and analyzed for asbestos. Paint chip samples from walls and ceilings were analyzed for lead (7439921) content. Debris from carpet sweepers were also collected and analyzed. Airborne dust samples were collected on atomic adsorption filters at a flow rate of 1.5 liters per minute for about 4 hours and analyzed for asbestos content. Pipe insulation material contained approximately 25 percent asbestos. Paint chip samples contained less than the limit of detection of about a 0.1 percent by weight lead dust content. Exposure to epoxy resins, while not a part of the study, was observed in a worker exhibiting dermatitis from repair work exposure. The author concludes that no exposure hazard to asbestos existed. The rug should be replaced or thoroughly cleaned to remove quartz contamination. A respirator is recommended during grinding and polishing petrified wood slabs operations. Protective gloves should be used when handling epoxy resins.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-2; Dust-exposure; Dermatology; Toxic-effects; Dust-inhalation; HETA-83-073-1293; Author Keywords: Ornamental Cut Stone Products; asbestos; quartz; lead; epoxy resin; dermatitis
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