Lead exposure among automobile radiator repair workers and their children in New York city

C. M. Nunez, S. Klitzman, A. Goodman

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Abstract

Despite a comprehensive Occupational Safety and Health Administration lead standard, exposure to lead continues in many industries. This paper describes a blood lead screening and education program for automobile radiator repair workers and their families in New York City. Results showed that 67% of automobile radiator repair workers (n + 62) in 89% of the shops tested (n + 24) had blood lead levels in excess of 25 μg/dl. The vast majority of workers had never been tested previously, and none had received health and safety training regarding occupational lead exposure. Although none of the workers' children's blood lead levels were in excess of then‐current guidelines, several had levels which may be associated with subclinical toxicity and in excess of the revised Centers for Disease Control guidelines of 10 μg/dl. This project demonstrates that lead exposure in the automotive radiator repair industry continues to be widespread and that local health departments can assist in hazard identification and remediation. © 1993 Wiley‐Liss, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)763-777
Number of pages15
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1993

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Keywords

  • blood lead
  • heavy metals registry
  • household exposures
  • occupational lead exposure
  • radiator repair
  • small businesses‐health hazards
  • soldering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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