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Evaluation of dust and noise exposures at three roofing companies.
Hall-RM; Eisenberg-J; Dowell-C; McCleery-R; Mueller-C; Achutan-C; Sollberger-R; Hall-RM; Tubbs-R
Int J Occup Environ Health 2009 Jan; 15(1):113
The HHE program responded to a union request concerning workers' exposure to dust and noise during saw cutting of cement roofing tiles. HHE program investigators observed work practices, and evaluated workers' exposure to dust and noise at three roofing companies. They also screened employees for silicosis using a medical questionnaire, lung function testing, and chest x-rays. Testing showed that workers were overexposed to silica and noise during saw cutting of cement roofing tiles. Results also showed that most roofers had normal lung function, but that lung function decreased with increased years of performing dry-cutting of cement roofing tiles. HHE program investigators recommended that managers implement engineering controls and work practice controls to reduce airborne silica levels. Recommendations were also made regarding implementing mandatory respiratory protection programs and hearing conservation programs. Two of the final reports are available at <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/reports/pdfs/2005-0030-2968.pdf"target="_blank">https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/reports/pdfs/2005-0030-2968.pdf</a> ; and <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/reports/pdfs/2005-0032-2985.pdf"target="_blank">https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/reports/pdfs/2005-0032-2985.pdf</a> .
Region-9; Hazards-Confirmed; Silica-dusts; Quartz-dust; Dusts; Respirable-dust; Silicosis; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Lung-disorders; Lung-fibrosis; Noise; Construction-industry; Roofing-and-sheet-metal-work; Heat-stress; Fall-protection; Author Keywords: Roofing Contractors; silica; quartz; dust; total dust; respirable dust; respirable silica; silicosis; noise; construction; roofing; fall protection; lung function; heat stress
Issue of Publication
International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division