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Health Hazards to Construction Workers during the Demolition of Two Tenement Buildings.


PB97151799

Publication Date 1994
Personal Author Klitzman, S.; Goldberg, M.; Olmstead, E.
Page Count 18
Abstract Industrial hygiene and safety evaluations and a health assessment of lead Bronx, New York. The tenement buildings were five and six stories, including the basement, which had been previously abandoned, and all windows and doors were sealed with cement block. Construction was prewar including wood floors and joists supported by perimeter brick walls. Blood lead screening was conducted twice on two workers. One had an initial reading of 16 micrograms/deciliter (microg/dl) which increased slightly by 2microg/dl. The second worker had an initial reading of 30microg/dl which decreased by 6microg/dl. Airborne lead monitoring of site one showed an 8 hour time weighted average ranging from 0.003mg/m3 to 0.011mg/m3. At site two, the exposures ranged from 0.06 to 0.032mg/m3. Total dust exposure for demolition workers ranged from 4.27 to 11.6mg/m3. One respirable dust sample was taken at each location, 3.39 and 1.31mg/m3. At the second site roofing material contained about 5 percent chrysotile (12001295) asbestos. No respiratory protection was provided at either site and no hygiene facilities were available. No fall protection equipment or site security was provided.
Keywords
  • Health hazards
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Construction workers
  • Buildings
  • Demolition
  • Lead dust
  • Blood analysis
  • Epidemiology
  • Exposure
  • Dust
  • Safety
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
Corporate Authors Center to Protect Worker's Rights, Washington, DC.; National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.; New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health.; New York City Dept. of Health. Environmental and Occupational; Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. Occupational Health Clinical
Supplemental Notes Prepared in cooperation with New York City Dept. of Health. Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology Unit., Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. Occupational Health Clinical Center. and New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health. Sponsored by National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 199714
Health Hazards to Construction Workers during the Demolition of Two Tenement Buildings.
Health Hazards to Construction Workers during the Demolition of Two Tenement Buildings.
PB97151799

  • Health hazards
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Construction workers
  • Buildings
  • Demolition
  • Lead dust
  • Blood analysis
  • Epidemiology
  • Exposure
  • Dust
  • Safety
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
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