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HHE Report No. HETA-80-000-007, Interim Report No. 1. Technical Assistance Project No. TA 80-7, General Services Administration, National Capital Region, Washington, D.C.

Authors
Moseley CL; Flesch JP
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 80-000-007, 1979 Nov; :1-7
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00189586
Abstract
In response to a request from the National Capital Region of the General Services Administration, Washington, D.C., the health status of about 43 electricians who worked with transformer fluid containing polychlorinated-biphenyls (1336363) (PCBs) was being evaluated. Transformer maintenance had been conducted at this site for about 5 years. About 150 of 1100 transformers were leaking and/or were in need of immediate service. During the servicing procedure, the electrician visited the transformer and removed a sample of the fluid, returned to the work site, and tested the dielectric strength, and returned to the field site to replace the amount withdrawn with new askarel. Symptoms included skin rashes, headaches, loss of appetite, and possible sterility. No routine health monitoring was provided. None of the complaints had been documented to date. Personal protective equipment provided included gloves, coveralls, hard hats, chemical goggles and a half face organic vapor cartridge respirator. Preliminary environmental air samples of selected areas in the work site ranged from nondetectable to 15 micrograms/cubic meter (microg/m3). A sample taken at a field site which contained a leaking transformer, measured 30microg/m3. These workers were also exposed to solvents used in cleanup of PCBs and solvents used in the askarel itself. Future plans include the medical examination of all 43 employees and a suitable comparison group. The authors recommend the use of personal protective equipment and good work practices.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-80-000-007; Region-3; Chlorinated-hydrocarbons; Maintenance-workers; Electrical-workers; Occupational-exposure; Hazard-Confirmed
CAS No.
1336-36-3
Publication Date
19791101
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1980
NTIS Accession No.
PB90-103524
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-80-000-007
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
DC; OH
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