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Walk-through survey report: control technology for metal reclamation industries at Exide/General Battery Corporation, Reading, Pennsylvania.
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 202-14a, 1994 Mar; :1-8
A walk through survey was made at Exide/General Battery Corporation (SIC-3341), Reading, Pennsylvania to identify and evaluate control methods to reduce lead (7439921) exposure. The company was a secondary lead smelter operating three shifts a day, 7 days a week. About 20,000 to 25,000 batteries a day were recycled, primarily automobile batteries. Lead and plastic from the batteries were reclaimed. The company used local exhaust ventilation, enclosed ventilated booths, partial enclosures, and automated operations throughout production areas of the site. Various occupational safety and health programs were in place including occupational and safety training, a respiratory protection program, various hygiene programs, and blood lead monitoring programs. These findings will be compared with those from other sites and the facility with the lowest lead exposure levels will be examined carefully so that others may be brought in line with the best of standards.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-3; Control-technology; Lead-dust; Lead-fumes; Lead-smelting; Industrial-hygiene; Occupational-exposure
Field Studies; Control Technology
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