HHE Report No. HETA-92-261-2262, Food and Drug Administration, Cincinnati, Ohio.
NIOSH 1992 Oct:15 pages
In response to a request from an employer representative at the Food and Drug Administration (SIC-9641) at Cincinnati, Ohio an investigation was begun into potential exposures to lead (7439921) from lead based paint. A steam leak within a heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit in the basement caused the paint on the wall of the unit to peel and be distributed throughout the first floor. Bulk samples of the paint were submitted for lead analysis. Results indicated varying amounts of lead ranging from 500 to 1000 parts per million (ppm) were present. Area air samples were collected 2 months later to determine possible lead exposures. Area air samples revealed levels up to 0.09 micrograms per cubic meter. Surface wipe samples were also below the allowable limits, ranging from less than 1.86 to 39.0 micrograms per square foot. Bulk samples of paint indicated lead levels from 110 to 52000 micrograms per gram. This was equivalent to 0.01 to 5.2% by weight, respectively. The author conclude that a health hazard did not exist from exposures to lead. The potential for future problems was indicated by the content of lead in the bulk paint samples. The author recommends the development of a management program to prevent further release of lead. A removal program for the rest of the lead containing paint is also proposed.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-92-261-2262; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Lead-dust; Ventilation-systems; Environmental-contamination; Occupational-exposure;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-92-261-2262, 15 pages, 16 references