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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA 91-393-2171, Georgia Metals, Inc., Powder Springs, Georgia.
Hales T; Kiefer M; Mitchell C; Salisbury S
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 91-393-2171, 1991 Dec; :1-24
In response to a request from OSHA, a study was made of possible hazardous working conditions at the Georgia Metals Company (SIC- 3443), Powder Springs, Georgia. A local physician reported to OSHA an elevated blood lead (7439921) level in a facility employee. The company primarily relined newly fabricated or refurbished steel tanks with lead or polyvinylchloride/polypropylene. The company also produces came lead, lead pipe, lead anodes, and lead burning rods from lead pigs and recycled scraps. The mean blood lead level among current employees was 32 micrograms/100 grams whole blood, range of 9 to 51. Five current employees had levels of zinc- protoporphyrin above the standards, suggesting elevated blood lead levels 2 to 4 months earlier. At the time of this evaluation the company was not conducting any environmental monitoring, routine medical surveillance, or providing adequate respiratory protection, housekeeping, hygiene facilities or training. Adverse health outcomes such as hypertension and screening tests for impaired renal function were documented in five of the nine employees tested. The authors conclude that a health hazard existed from employee exposure to lead. The authors recommend specific measures for reducing lead exposure.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-91-393-2171; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-4; Lead-poisoning; Airborne-dusts; Metal-dusts; Dust-inhalation; Occupational-exposure; Author Keywords: Fabricated Plate Work; Tank Construction; Lead; Inorganic Lead; Lead Lining; Lead Burning; Lead Burners; Blood Lead; Zinc Protoporphyrin
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