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Walk-through survey report: control technology for mine assay laboratories at Cone Geochemical Inc., Lakewood, Colorado.
Hall RM; Sheehy JW
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, ECTB 198-12a, 1993 Jun; :1-12
A walk through survey was conducted to identify potentially effective control systems in place at Cone Geochemical Inc., Lakewood, Colorado, a commercial geochemical and assay laboratory analyzing samples from various exploration and development projects. Potential exposures for workers at this facility included a variety of chemical agents such as lead (7439921), arsenic (7440382), mercury (7439976), and respirable crystalline silica (14808607). The sample preparation area, particularly during litharge mixing, and the fire assay area were the two places where exposures were most likely to occur. Local exhaust ventilation and partial enclosures in the sample prep and litharge mixing areas were used to help reduce exposures. Local exhaust ventilation was employed and HEPA half mask respirators were worn at specific times in the fire assay operation. All the measurements taken indicated a well operating local exhaust ventilation system was in place at this location. The authors conclude that this site has effective control measures in place and would be acceptable for an in depth evaluation.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-8; Control-technology; Ventilation-systems; Personal-protective-equipment; Dust-exposure; Airborne-dusts; Heavy-metals; Fire-assays
7439-92-1; 7440-38-2; 7439-97-6; 14808-60-7
Field Studies; Control Technology
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