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National Institute For Occupational Safety And Health, technical assistance to OSHA, Johns-Manville Corporation, Waukegan, Illinois, technical assistance report no. TA-78-101-104.
Engelberg AL; Hodous TK; Boehlecke BA; Petersen MR; Merchant JA
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, TA 78-101-104, 1980 Feb; :1-57
A survey was conducted at Johns Manville Corporation (SIC-3292) in Waukegan, Illinois in September 1978. The survey was made in response to employee complaints regarding the medical surveillance program. Questions addressed included: has the company adhered to medical monitoring requirements of the OSHA asbestos (1332214) standard; do the equipment and procedures used for pulmonary function tests and X-rays meet NIOSH guidelines; is the medical surveillance program detecting pulmonary abnormalities at the appropriate times; and is notification being made when abnormalities are detected. A random sample of 101 employees hired before 1970 and exposed to asbestos was selected and dates for pulmonary function tests were examined in medical records. Test equipment was examined and employee testing was observed. Employee notification of abnormal pulmonary function was not routine until 1977. In some cases, employees were sent to hospitals for further pulmonary workup when there was a new diagnosis of pneumoconiosis, pneumoconiosis with impairment, or evaluation for disability. The results of the survey showed that compliance with the pulmonary function portion of the requirement was almost 100 percent, but pulmonary function test equipment and procedures did not meet NIOSH recommended standards.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Air-quality-control; Air-contamination; Dust-exposure; Carcinogens; Pulmonary-function-tests; Region-5; TA-78-101-104
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