Investigation Of Potential Hazards In The Rhode Island Jewelry Industry, Report No. IWS-128-40.
NIOSH 1983 Apr:30 pages
A preliminary survey was conducted to evaluate incidence and severity of occupationally related diseases among workers in the costume jewelry industry (SIC-3911, SIC-3915) in Rhode Island. Casting, soldering, and electroplating processes were investigated in 15 facilities by walk through surveys, employee interviews, and detailed studies involving environmental and biological monitoring during January, June, and December 1980. Employee interviews did not reveal any patterns of acute or chronic illness among any group of employees except for dermatitis in electroplaters which was attributed to exposure to nickel (7440020). There were no respiratory complaints. Some cases of excessive exposure to silica (14808607) and to lead (7439921) in casting and to cadmium (7440439) in silver solder operations were found. Two workers had elevated urine cadmium concentrations. Workers often did not know what compound they were working with and were not aware of potential toxicities. Other deficiencies in safety and health practices included inadequate use of personal protective equipment, lack of emergency shower and eye wash facilities, smoking in work areas, and lack of required physical examinations. The authors conclude that most exposures in the costume jewelry industry are to well recognized hazards that could be reduced by engineering controls, personal protective equipment, and education programs.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-study; Metalworking; Medical-surveys; Metallic-poisoning; Safety-education; Occupational-exposure; Industrial-education; IWS-128-40; Region-1;
7440-02-0; 14808-60-7; 7439-92-1; 7440-43-9;
Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. IWS-128-40, 30 pages, 31 references