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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-84-437-1532, Perry Nuclear Power Plant, Perry, Ohio.
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 84-437-1532, 1984 Nov; :1-16
Breathing zone samples were analyzed for iron (7439896), zinc (7440666), lead (7439921), nickel (7440020), and chromium (7440473) fumes, quartz (14808607), cristobalite (14464461), and respirable particulates during construction of the Perry Nuclear Power facility, Perry, Ohio in August, 1984. The survey was requested by Local 210 of the Pipefitters Union to evaluate exposure of airborne contaminants to construction workers (SIC-1541) at the facility. Quartz exposures ranged from below 24 to 67 micrograms per cubic meter (microg/m3). The NIOSH recommended standard for quartz is 50microg/m3. Cristobalite concentrations were below the analytical limit of detection. All metal fume and respirable particulates were well below the relevant standards. The author notes that NIOSH conducted two previous surveys at the site and the concentrations of all contaminants have decreased since work has progressed at the facility. The quartz overexposure is due to residual construction dust. Each contractor should assume responsibility for the health and safety of his employees. Break areas should be vacuumed daily. Good housekeeping practices should be maintained in all areas to prevent exposure to quartz dust.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Power-generation; Region-5; Metal-dusts; Metalworking; Metallic-dusts; Particulate-dust; HETA-84-437-1532; Author Keywords: General Contractors-Industrial Buildings and Warehouses; metal fume; silica; construction sites; welding; grinding
7439-89-6; 7440-66-6; 7439-92-1; 7440-02-0; 7440-47-3; 14808-60-7; 14464-46-1
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