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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-88-255-0000, United States Air Force Reserve, Portland, Oregon.
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 88-255-0000, 1988 Oct; :1-8
In response to a request from the United States Air Force Reserve, 939 ARRG, Portland, Oregon, a study was made of possible hazardous working conditions in a lead (7439921) acid battery shop. The smell of sulfuric-acid (7664939) was noticeable on entering the shop. As many as ten lead acid batteries were serviced and charged in the shop on a daily basis. The shop had a ventilation supply duct located directly above the battery charging units. The employee working in the shop was provided with a rubber apron, gloves, and safety goggles. Personal air samples were collected near the breathing zone of the battery charger operator. Area air samples were collected at different locations in the battery charging area. Sampling indicated levels of sulfuric-acid which were far below the environmental criteria at the time of this survey. Even though the design of the ventilation system was such that it caused the contaminants generated during battery charging to pass directly across the breathing zone, the dilution effect caused the concentration to be reduced below acceptable levels. The author concludes that no health hazard existed, but continued attention should be directed toward the safe work practices in the battery shop.
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