HHE report no. HETA-84-028-1517, Drive Train Industries, Inc., Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Pettigrew-GL; Markel-HL Jr.
NIOSH 1984 Oct; :1-21
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for asbestos (1332214), iron-oxide (1332372) fumes, total particulates, and sodium-hydroxide (1310732) at Drive Train Industries, Incorporated (SIC-3714), Albuquerque, New Mexico in May, 1984. The survey was requested to evaluate exposure to asbestos, noise, and welding fumes. Five workers were monitored for noise exposure. None of the contaminant concentrations exceeded OSHA standards. Two workers in the transmission and rear end department had noise exposures of 85 and 88 A-weighted decibels (dBA) time weighted average (TWA). The OSHA and NIOSH TWA standards for noise are 90 and 85dBA, respectively. The authors note that although the asbestos concentrations, nondetectable to 0.06 fibers per cubic centimeter (f/cc) for fibers longer than 5 micrometers, were below the OSHA standard of 2f/cc; NIOSH regards any carcinogenic exposure as undesirable. They conclude that a potential health hazard from excessive asbestos and noise exposure exists at the facility. They recommend establishing a hearing conservation program and continuing efforts to reduce employee exposure to asbestos to the lowest feasible concentration. Smoking should be prohibited in the asbestos area.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Motor-vehicles; Region-6; Cancer; Asbestos-dusts; Environmental-contamination; Environmental-pollution; HETA-84-028-1517
1332-21-4; 1332-37-2; 1310-73-2
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-84-028-1517, 21 pages, 4 references