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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-83-465-1674, Staco, Inc., Poultney, Vermont.

Authors
Ehrenberg-RL; Smith-AB
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 83-465-1674, 1986 Feb; :1-79
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00163145
Abstract
Possible exposures to elemental mercury (7439976) were investigated at Staco, Inc. (SIC-3829), Poultney, Vermont at the request of the Vermont Department of Health. A medical survey was conducted of 84 of about 120 Staco employees and a comparison group of 79 employees from an electronics facility who were not exposed to mercury. Personal monitoring samples for mercury vapor air levels at Staco ranged from 25.6 to 270.6 micrograms per cubic meter (microg/m3). Urine mercury levels among the 84 employees studied ranged from 1.3 to 344.5 micrograms per gram creatinine. Indications of positive neurological findings among the Staco workers also tended to be higher, particularly for static tremor (19 percent versus 10 percent in a control group) and difficulty with heel to toe walk (15 percent versus 3 percent). However, these findings could not be unequivocally associated with mercury exposures as measured by urine mercury level or a calculated chronic exposure index. No reproductive problems were found nor were there any problems with the thyroid function or renal function except for a significantly higher mean specific gravity among the Staco workers. No recommendations to control exposures or improve medical monitoring were made. A study on the behavioral testing of Staco/Chase and comparison group workers in Vermont is included in an addendum.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HETA-83-465-1674; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Nervous-system-function; Renal-toxicity; Reproductive-effects; Thyroid-gland; Mercury-vapors; Vapors; Region-1; Hazard-Unconfirmed; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report
CAS No.
7439-97-6
Publication Date
19860201
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1986
NTIS Accession No.
PB86-221678
NTIS Price
A06
Identifying No.
HETA-83-465-1674
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3829
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
VT; OH
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