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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-91-092-2190, William Powell Company, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Authors
Clark-NJ; O'Brien-DM; Edmonds-MA; Gressel-MG
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 91-092-2190, 1992 Mar; :1-30
NIOSHTIC No.
00206938
Abstract
In response to a request from the Ohio Department of Health, an evaluation was made of lead (7439921) exposures at the William Powell Company (SIC-3366), Cincinnati, Ohio. The company manufactured brass valves. At the time of the visit there were 44 workers at the foundry. Airborne lead concentrations exceeded the OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit of 50 micrograms/cubic meter for three personal breathing zone samples and constituted a potential hazard to employees working in the pouring and cut off saw areas. Low concentrations of respirable quartz (14808607) were detected. Cadmium (7440439) was also present. The highest concentrations for both the stationary and continuous pouring operations occurred during the transport of the unventilated full ladle. The cumulative aerosol exposures from the continuous operation task were far greater than those from the stationary operation due to the greater amount of time the worker spent doing continuous pouring. The authors conclude that a potential hazard existed from lead levels in the pouring and cut off saw areas. The authors recommend several measures to reduce the exposure levels including a more efficient ventilation system and a redesign of some of the equipment in use.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-91-092-2190; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Lead-dust; Metal-dusts; Mineral-dusts; Foundry-workers; Occupational-exposure;
CAS No.
7439-92-1; 14808-60-7; 7440-43-9
Publication Date
19920301
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
PB92-193960
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-91-092-2190
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3366
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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