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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-87-126-2019, Chrysler Chemical Division, Trenton, Michigan.

Authors
Driscoll-RJ; Elliott-LJ
Source
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 87-126-2019, 1990 Mar; :1-40
NIOSHTIC No.
00194423
Abstract
In response to a confidential request from an employee, an investigation was undertaken of possible hazardous working conditions at the Chrysler Chemical Division (SIC-3714), Trenton, Michigan. Of concern was possible exposure to asbestos (1332214), lead (7439921), and solvents. At this site the employees were involved in the production of adhesives, sealers, paints, and brake linings. This division employed about 138 hourly workers. Personal breathing zone exposure monitoring showed detectable asbestos concentrations for those employed as mixer operators, press operators, grinder operators, saw operators, and millwrights. During full operation these levels were considerably higher than during less typical times. Under full operation the jobs of BiPell Press operators, body press operators, and barker operators also showed levels of asbestos higher than the OSHA permissible exposure limit of 0.2 fibers/cubic centimeter. Medical evaluations of the employees indicated three had radiological signs consistent with pneumoconioses. Six had an obstructive pattern. The highest blood lead level was 43 micrograms/deciliter. The authors conclude that a hazard existed from exposure to asbestos. The authors recommend specific improvements for this facility to reduce the risk of asbestos exposure; the facility was closed in 1988.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-87-126-2019; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Asbestos-fibers; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-function-tests;
CAS No.
1332-21-4; 7439-92-1
Publication Date
19900301
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1990
NTIS Accession No.
PB91-107904
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
HETA-87-126-2019
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3714
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MI; OH
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