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Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Report No. 79-17, Saint Elizabeths Hospital, Washington, DC.


PB80150725

Publication Date 1979
Personal Author Johnson, P.
Page Count 10
Abstract A total of six area and breathing zone air samples were collected on March 19, 1979 at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital, Washington, D.C. to determine if dust emitted during the installation of fire alarms and smoke detectors could present an asbestos (1332214) exposure potential. Bulk samples of ceiling and wall boards also were collected for qualitative analysis. Sampling was prompted by a request from the safety manager at the hospital. Air samples were analyzed using phase contrast microscopy, and bulk samples were analyzed using electron microscopy. All sample analyses resulted in fiber counts below detectable limits, and, consequently, less than OSHA standards (2.0 fibers greater than 5 microns in length per cubic centimeters of air). It is recommended that eye protection equipment be used to prevent injury from flying particles, chips, and other debris. Helmets should be used in situations in which workers are subjected to impact from falling or flying objects. The OSHA noise standard should be adhered to when using power drills and pneumatic drills. NIOSH approved respiratory protection also should be provided when this equipment is used.
Keywords
  • Hazardous materials
  • Industrial medicine
  • Asbestos
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Criteria
  • Inspection
  • Standards
  • Recommendations
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Concentration(Composition)
  • Dust
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Air sampling
  • CAS 1332-21-4
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
Corporate Authors National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH. Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 198012
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Report No. 79-17, Saint Elizabeths Hospital, Washington, DC.
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Report No. 79-17, Saint Elizabeths Hospital, Washington, DC.
PB80150725

  • Hazardous materials
  • Industrial medicine
  • Asbestos
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Criteria
  • Inspection
  • Standards
  • Recommendations
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Concentration(Composition)
  • Dust
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Air sampling
  • CAS 1332-21-4
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
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