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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-93-0739-2364, Curcio Scrap Metal, Cirello Iron and Steel, Saddle Brook, New Jersey.

Malkin R
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, HETA 93-0739-2364, 1993 Nov; :1-20
In response to a request from the New Jersey Department of Health, an investigation was begun into possible exposures to lead (7439921) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from contaminated soil at Curcio Scrap Metal and Cirello Iron and Steel (SIC-5093), Saddle Brook, New Jersey. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the EPA had previously identified high concentrations of contaminants in the soil at the site. Curcio Scrap Metal was involved in nonferrous metal recycling, predominantly aluminum. Much of the work area was located indoors and contact with contaminated soil appeared to be minimal. Cirello Iron and Steel was involved in ferrous metal recycling and was located on the unpaved lot at the same facility. The concentrations of lead found in the blood of workers ranged from 4 to 39.8 micrograms per deciliter (microg/dl). Levels of PCBs ranged from less than one to 65.3 parts per billion (ppb) with a mean of 7.5ppb. No significant differences were found in the blood lead levels or serum PCB levels of workers for each of the two companies. There was an increase in blood lead levels in direct relation to the number of cigarettes smoked on the job. Increased PCB levels were associated with eating lunch in the work area. No correlation was found between the blood lead levels and the PCB levels in the serum. The author concludes that exposure to lead occurred at both sites. Serum PCB concentrations were not higher than those in the general population. The author recommends that continued measurements be taken and that work practices be improved.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-93-0739-2364; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-2; Blood-analysis; Heavy-metals; Occupational-exposure; Polychlorinated-biphenyls; Environmental-contamination; Metal-industry; Author Keywords: Scrap and Waste Materials; lead; blood lead; PCB; serum PCB; soil contamination
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