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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-92-0029-2392, Kessler Studios, Loveland, Ohio.
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 92-0029-2392, 1994 Feb; :1-17
In response to a request from the owners of Kessler Studios (SIC- 3231), Loveland, Ohio, an investigation was conducted to determine whether hazardous working conditions existed at that site. The company was a small stained glass window studio, adjoining the owners' home. The owners were the only full time employees. Part time employees work occasionally at the studio. The primary concerns were lead (7439921) exposure from working with leaded came and the possible contamination of their home. Air samples taken during all processes conducted at the studio yielded low concentrations of lead, except one. Breathing zone lead dust concentrations ranging from 60 to 80 micrograms per cubic meter (microg/m3) were generated during the whiting process, a cleaning procedure. Lead dust accumulations in the workshop ranged from 1.2 to 1,600 milligrams per square meter. Wipe samples, vacuum dust samples, and general air samples in the home suggest that lead contamination was not occurring in their residence. Blood lead levels were 1.8 and 2.1 micrograms per deciliter. The zinc protoporphyrin blood levels were 34 and 31 micrograms/deciliter. The author concludes that personal lead exposures were low, except during whiting. Exposures to lead were minimized by ventilation and hygiene practices; these also prevented the contamination of their home.
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