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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-89-295-2007, Peerless Alloy, Inc., Denver, Colorado.
Gunter BJ; Daniels WJ
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 89-295-2007, 1990 Jan; :1-13
In response to a request from the management of Peerless Alloy Inc., (SIC-3342), in Denver, Colorado, an evaluation was made of possible lead (7439921) exposure at this facility. Workers at the facility produced lead alloys and lead tubing. The alloy shop and the oil press extrusion shop were located in separate areas of the facility. Personal protective equipment included respirators and work coveralls. A local physician provided blood analyses for lead exposure monitoring every 6 months or every month, depending on exposure levels. Personal breathing samples were collected for all the workers. Trace levels of several metals were found, but only lead levels exceeded allowable limits, ranging from 0.002 to weeks prior to the survey indicated levels ranging from 5 to 63 micrograms/10 grams whole blood. None of the workers experienced any health problems linked to lead exposure. Several areas which had been out of compliance with OSHA standards during an earlier investigation had been improved. The authors conclude that a potential health hazard existed from exposure to lead in the lead furnace areas. The authors recommend specific measures concerning air monitoring, respiratory protection, personal protective clothing, hygiene facilities and practices, medical monitoring, and ventilation.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-89-295-2007; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-8; Biological-monitoring; Blood-analysis; Lead-poisoning; Metal-workers; Smelting; Refineries; Author Keywords: Secondary Smelting and Refining of Nonferrous Metals; Lead; blood lead; FEP; Ventilation
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