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HHE determination report no. HHE-79-51-664, Gates Energy Products, Inc., Denver, Colorado.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 79-51-664, 1980 Feb; :1-10
In response to a request from workers at Gates Energy Products, Inc., Denver, Colorado, an evaluation was made of possible hazardous working conditions at that facility. Particular attention was given to exposures to lead (7439921) and methyl-chloroform (71556) which occurred during the manufacture of acid lead batteries. Of the air samples taken for lead analysis, 54 percent exceeded the OSHA standard of 0.05 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3). None of the methyl-chloroform samples were above the Threshold Limit Value of 1900mg/m3. In 217 blood samples taken, 44 percent exceeded the OSHA standard of 40 micrograms of lead per 100 grams of whole blood (microg/100g). Thirty seven percent were between 40 and 60microg/100g. Six percent were between 60 and 80microg/100g and 1 percent exceeded 80microg/100g. The author concludes that a health hazard existed from overexposure to lead. The author recommends that individuals with blood lead levels above 60microg/100g be retested. No eating, drinking, smoking or snuff usage should be allowed in the work area. All areas should be vacuum cleaned instead of swept. A respiratory protection program needs to be established. Aprons and smocks should be changed daily. Workers should be given clean clothes at each shift. Every worker should shower before leaving work. All dirty clothes should remain at the work place in bins with tight fitting covers.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-79-51-664; Region-8; Hazard-Confirmed; Lead-poisoning; Battery-manufacturing-industry; Blood-analysis; Heavy-metals, Author Keywords: lead; blood lead; methyl chloroform; ventilation
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