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NIOSH Testimony on Jewelry Industry Before the Subcommittee on Labor Standards, House Committee on Education and Labor by P. J. Landrigan, October 2, 1979.


PB90192972

Publication Date 1979
Page Count 10
Abstract Testimony concerned the efforts of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in making the jewelry industry a safe occupation for workers. Heavy emphasis has been placed in the southern New England area as there was an enormous concentration of the jewelry manufacturing industry in that region. It has been an industry of small shops. Workers in small shops have been at a greater risk than those in larger operations where more corporate attention is given to their safety. Workers in the jewelry industry were exposed to a wide variety of toxic substances including organic solvents, metal fumes, acid mists, and asbestos (1332214). They may also be exposed to noise and may be at high risk of physical injury including amputation as the result of working with improperly guarded machine tools and power presses. Among the most harmful effects of the commonly used solvents were damage to the central nervous system and harmful effects on the circulatory system. Exposure to metal fumes can result in metal fume fever. Lead (7439921) fumes may cause lead poisoning. Exposure to the other metals can result in irritation of the eyes, nose and respiratory tract along with lung cancer.
Keywords
  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Organic solvents
  • Fumes
  • Mist
  • Metals
  • Asbestos
  • Vapors
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Airborne wastes
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Jewelry industry
  • Testimony
  • Airborne pollutants
  • Indoor air pollution
  • Work environments
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 41I - Job Environment
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • 68A - Air Pollution & Control
Corporate Authors National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 199012
NIOSH Testimony on Jewelry Industry Before the Subcommittee on Labor Standards, House Committee on Education and Labor by P. J. Landrigan, October 2, 1979.
NIOSH Testimony on Jewelry Industry Before the Subcommittee on Labor Standards, House Committee on Education and Labor by P. J. Landrigan, October 2, 1979.
PB90192972

  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Organic solvents
  • Fumes
  • Mist
  • Metals
  • Asbestos
  • Vapors
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Airborne wastes
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Jewelry industry
  • Testimony
  • Airborne pollutants
  • Indoor air pollution
  • Work environments
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 41I - Job Environment
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • 68A - Air Pollution & Control
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