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Determination of Asbestos Levels in a Public Building Located in Towson, Maryland.


PB90162462

Publication Date 1973
Personal Author Wallingford, K. M.; Bierbaum, P. J.; Dement, J. M.
Page Count 20
Abstract In response to a request from the Baltimore County Health Department, a study was made of possible exposures to asbestos (1332214) in a public building in Towson, Maryland. Determinations were made of asbestos in bulk ceiling samples and airborne samples. The building had two levels. The ground level houses the local fire department and the basement level houses the Bureau of Civil Defense. Asbestos was applied to the ceiling of the basement level to help alleviate a heat problem caused by the heating facility located on the ground floor, directly above the civil defense offices. The material, Spraycraft Asbestos Fiber, was applied in two layers. The x-ray diffraction study of the bulk ceiling sample indicated a chrysotile (12001295) asbestos content of 27%, by weight. Concentrations in airborne samples ranged from 0.0 to 0.0031 fibers/milliliter, which were quite low compared to the 1976 standard 8 hour exposure of 2 fibers/milliliter. Due to the potential for flaking of the ceiling material with subsequently increased employee exposure, the authors recommend that appropriate action be taken to prevent this from occurring.
Keywords
  • Public buildings
  • Asbestos
  • Safety engineering
  • Airborne wastes
  • Contaminants
  • Public health
  • Construction materials
  • Insulation
  • Floors
  • Ceilings(Architecture)
  • Indoor air pollution
  • CAS 1332-21-4
  • Towson(Maryland)
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 89B - Architectural Design & Environmental Engineering
  • 68A - Air Pollution & Control
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
Corporate Authors National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH. Div. of Field Studies and Clinical Investigations.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 199009
Determination of Asbestos Levels in a Public Building Located in Towson, Maryland.
Determination of Asbestos Levels in a Public Building Located in Towson, Maryland.
PB90162462

  • Public buildings
  • Asbestos
  • Safety engineering
  • Airborne wastes
  • Contaminants
  • Public health
  • Construction materials
  • Insulation
  • Floors
  • Ceilings(Architecture)
  • Indoor air pollution
  • CAS 1332-21-4
  • Towson(Maryland)
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 89B - Architectural Design & Environmental Engineering
  • 68A - Air Pollution & Control
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
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