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Walk-Through Survey of Hitco, Gardena, California: Survey Date 19 Jul 73.


PB81225336

Publication Date 1973
Personal Author Dement, J. M.; Bierbaum, P. J.
Page Count 20
Abstract Worker exposure to glass fibers was surveyed at HITCO (SIC-3231) in Gardena, California on July 19, 1973. About 750 persons were employed in three shifts. Medical facilities provided first aid and emergency treatment. During the day shift, a nurse was on duty. Workers were given pre-employment examinations but no chest X-rays or pulmonary function tests were included. Product inspectors were given periodic eye examinations. The factory had a safety engineer, a safety program, and a personal protection program. Four personal air samples were collected on membrane filters for determining exposures to glass fibers by an optical count. Concentrations ranged from 2.1 to 24.4 fibers per milliliter. The authors conclude that a glass fiber health hazard existed. They recommend that exposure be kept to an absolute minimum; the use of engineering controls; appropriate work practices including local exhaust ventilation; provision for respiratory protection and initiation of medical surveillance programs for workers exposed to glass fibers.
Keywords
  • Glass fibers
  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial hygiene
  • California
  • Environments
  • Fibers
  • Contaminants
  • First aid
  • Medical examination
  • Safety
  • Protection
  • Concentration(Composition)
  • Exposure
  • Air pollution control
  • SIC 3231
  • Gardena(California)
  • Occupational health services
  • Air sampling
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 68A - Air Pollution & Control
Corporate Authors National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH. Div. of Field Studies and Clinical Investigations.
Document Type Technical Report
Title Note Industrywide study.
NTIS Issue Number 198123
Walk-Through Survey of Hitco, Gardena, California: Survey Date 19 Jul 73.
Walk-Through Survey of Hitco, Gardena, California: Survey Date 19 Jul 73.
PB81225336

  • Glass fibers
  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial hygiene
  • California
  • Environments
  • Fibers
  • Contaminants
  • First aid
  • Medical examination
  • Safety
  • Protection
  • Concentration(Composition)
  • Exposure
  • Air pollution control
  • SIC 3231
  • Gardena(California)
  • Occupational health services
  • Air sampling
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 68A - Air Pollution & Control
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