Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-89-232-2015, Sims Radiator Shop, Chamblee, Georgia.
Hales T; Gunter BJ
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 89-232-2015, 1990 Feb; :1-13
In response to a request from the owner, an investigation was undertaken of possible hazardous working conditions at the Sims Radiator Shop (SIC-3714) located in Chamblee, Georgia. The shop employees six workers involved in the cleaning and repairing of automobile and truck radiators. The 8 hour time weighted average lead (7439921) concentrations for the four mechanics were 220, 90, 50, and 30 micrograms per cubic meter (microg/m3). Three of these levels were at or above the OSHA 50microg/m3 permissible exposure limit. All six employees participated in a medical evaluation. The blood lead levels of the mechanics were 41, 33, 32, and 13 micrograms per deciliter (microg/dl). The blood lead levels of the two delivery personnel were 21 and 14microg/dl. One mechanic had a blood lead level over the 40microg/dl limit which requires that blood be tested every 2 months. None of the employees had elevated free erythrocyte protoporphyrin concentrations. None had any physical symptoms suggestive of lead intoxication. The authors conclude that a health hazard existed from overexposure to lead. The authors provide recommendations to prevent lead overexposures, and develop an environmental and medical program in compliance with the OSHA lead standard.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-89-232-2015; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-4; Automobile-repair-shops; Lead-poisoning; Occupational-exposure; Heavy-metals;
Author Keywords: motor vehicle parts and accessories; radiator shops; lead; inorganic lead; blood lead; free erythrocyte protoporphyrin; FEP
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
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