A laboratory-based blood lead surveillance system in Colorado identified radiator repair workers as having the highest blood lead levels of all worker groups reported.
A survey of 42 radiator repair shops in ten locales throughout Colorado was undertaken to estimate the prevalence of workers with elevated blood lead levels>25 mug/dL.
The survey was designed to test the sensitivity of the surveillance system and to assess working conditions and practices in the radiator repair industry in Colorado.
Of 63 workers, 39 (62%) had blood lead levels>25 mug/dL.
The sensitivity of the surveillance system for detecting radiator repair workers with elevated blood lead levels was estimated at 11%. None of the radicator repair shops had adequate local exhaust ventilation.
Work practice and engineering modifications are needed to reduce lead exposure in this industry.
Mots-clés Pascal : Plomb, Métal lourd, Exposition professionnelle, Médecine travail, Homme, Taux, Sang, Epidémiologie, Colorado, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Radiateur chauffage, Réparation, Soudure, Condition travail, Surveillance biologique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Lead, Heavy metal, Occupational exposure, Occupational medicine, Human, Rate, Blood, Epidemiology, Colorado, United States, North America, America, Heat radiator, Repair, Weld, Working condition, Biological monitoring
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0181054
Code Inist : 002B03L05. Création : 21/05/1997.