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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-91-290-2131, New England Lead Burning Co. (NELCo), Eaton Metals, Salt Lake City, Utah.

McCammon CS; Daniels WJ; Hales TR; Lee SA
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 91-290-2131, 1991 Aug; :1-30
In response to a request from the Director of the Department of Safety and Health of the United Association of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry, an investigation was undertaken at the New England Lead Burning Company (SIC-3443) project at Eaton Metals, Salt Lake City, Utah because of concerns about lead (7439921) exposure. The company contracted for jobs throughout the United States that involved the use of lead. The particular job involved the lining of two 85 foot long, 14.5 foot diameter steel tanks with lead sheets. Time weighted average exposures for lead ranged from 141 to 307 micrograms of lead per cubic meters of air (microg/m3). The short term lead concentrations ranged from 215 to 307microg/m3 during lead burning, 280 to 390microg/m3 during tinning, and from 27 to 42microg/m3 for grinding. The employees were wearing respiratory protection. Wipe samples revealed the presence of lead contamination on table surfaces in the lunchroom, on workers clothes and shoes which they wore home, in the workers' cars and on the floor of the change room. Hydrogen-chloride (7647010) levels ranged from 3 to more than 10 parts per million. Two employees had blood lead levels over 50 micrograms/100 grams of whole blood. The authors conclude that a health hazard existed at the time of the survey from exposure to lead, noise, hydrogen-chloride, and potential heat stress. The authors recommend specific measures to lessen these exposures.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-91-290-2131; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-8; Blood-analysis; Lead-poisoning; Occupational-exposure; Environmental-contamination; Heavy-metals; Metal-workers; Toxic-gases; Author Keywords: Fabricated Plate Work; Tank Construction; Inorganic Lead; Lead Lining; Lead Burning; Lead Burners; Blood Lead; Noise; Zinc Protoporphyrin; Hydrogen Chloride; Heat Stress
7439-92-1; 7647-01-0
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