Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-83-269-1430, Siemens Components, Incorporated, Broomfield, Colorado.
Gunter BJ; Thoburn T
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 83-269-1430, 1984 Mar; :1-19
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for 1,1,1- trichloroethane (71556), isopropanol (67630), methanol (67561), total particulates, and aluminum-oxide (1344281) at Siemens Components, Incorporated (SIC-3674), Broomfield, Colorado in June and July, 1983. Noise and radiofrequency (RF) radiation exposures were also measured. The survey was requested by management to evaluate 54 workers who were accidentally exposed to solvent vapors in April, 1983. The exposed workers and 36 comparisons were interviewed and given pulmonary function tests. Solvent, particulate, and aluminum-oxide concentrations were below all relevant standards. No exposure to RF radiation was detected. Two of 5 workers were exposed to noise levels of 85 decibels (dB). The OSHA and NIOSH standards for noise exposure are 90 and 85dB, respectively. The pulmonary function tests showed no significant correlation with work exposure. Seventeen of the subjects had work related health complaints. Twelve of these were attributed to solvent or dust exposures. Other complaints included headache, nausea, and numbness. The authors conclude that a potential health hazard exists due to noise exposure. They recommend periodic hearing tests for those overexposed to noise and periodic blood tests for workers exposed to solvents.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Electronics-industry; Region-8; Air-contamination; Airborne-particles; Noise-exposure; Radio-waves; Pulmonary-function; HETA-83-269-1430;
Author Keywords: semiconductors; pulmonary function; solvents; noise; radiofrequency
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