HHE Report No. HETA-92-0288-2454, Ogden Aviation, Newark Airport, New Jersey.
Malkin-R; Echt-A; Zimmer-A
NIOSH 1994 Sep:40 pages
In response to a request from the Machinists Union, District Lodge 141, an investigation was begun into possible hazardous working conditions at Ogden Aviation (SIC-4581), Newark Airport, Newark, New Jersey. Concern was expressed regarding what was believed to be an excessive number of cancer cases among the workers. Employees were involved in the refueling of commercial aircraft. There were 267 workers at the site. The study identified two fatalities from lung cancer since 1990 and cases of lymphoma, throat and prostate cancer as well as two cases of emphysema, both in employees less than 35 years old. Workers reported common skin contact with jet fuel. Measurements were made of exposures to polynuclear aromatic compounds, volatile organic compounds, and carbon-monoxide (630080). In most cases the measurements taken of breathing zone and general area air samples were below the minimum levels for detection. However, several refuelers and ramp mechanics had exposures to carbon-monoxide which were above the NIOSH ceiling limit of 200 parts per million. The authors conclude that there was no reason to suspect an excess of cancer in these workers. There was a potential for skin absorption of jet fuel, and several workers had excessive exposure to carbon-monoxide. The authors recommend that improvements in worker training, the use of chemical resistant gloves, and improvements in the respirator fit testing program be instituted.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-92-0288-2454; Region-2; Hazard-Confirmed; Skin-exposure; Occupational-exposure; Aromatic-hydrocarbons; Airport-personnel; Toxic-gases; Cancer-rates;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-92-0288-2454, 40 pages, 34 references