Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-93-0696-2395, Hardy Road Landfill, Akron, Ohio.
Esswein EJ; Tubbs RL
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 93-0696-2395, 1994 Mar; :1-23
In response to a request from management at the City of Akron and the Akron City Employees Local 1360, a study was made regarding potential exposures of employees to toxic dusts from empty containers and packaging materials landfilled at the Hardy Road Landfill (SIC-4953). The Landfill was a 215 acre waste disposal site in the northwest portion of Akron, Ohio. The landfill accepts wood, paper, plastic and metal from businesses and residences; industrial solid waste byproducts such as foundry sand, rubber scrap, and nonuseable materials; exempt solid wastes such as construction debris and incinerator ash waste from an energy recycle station. Three heavy equipment operators, three mechanics, and a laborer participated in a 2 day monitoring period of personal air and noise dosimetry measurements. These workers were exposed to noise in excess of the OSHA standard of 90 decibels-A. Hearing protective devices were used. Full shift air sampling for asbestos (1332214), respirable dust, respirable silica (14808607), and metals indicated that three equipment operators were exposed to excess levels of respirable silica. Half mask respirators were available for use at the discretion of the employees. The authors conclude that a health hazard existed due to exposure to respirable silica. Workers were also exposed to noise. The authors recommend that comprehensive hearing conservation and respiratory protection programs be instituted.
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