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Document ID (ISN)109045
CIS number 09-125
ISSN - Serial title 1545-9624 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Dyosi S.
Title Evaluation of preventive and control measures for lead exposure in a South African lead-acid battery recycling smelter
Bibliographic information Oct. 2007, Vol.4, No.10, p.762-769. Illus. 8 ref.
Abstract This cross-sectional study investigated the effectiveness of preventive and control measures implemented in a South-African lead smelter involved in the recycling of lead-acid batteries. Twenty-two workers were observed and interviewed. Structured questionnaires were used to gather workers' personal information, perception about their work environment, health risks and work practices. Retrospective data from air monitoring and medical surveillance programs were obtained from the plant's records. Although the plant had adopted several control measures, some areas had average lead-in-air levels above 0.15mg/m3, the occupational exposure limit for lead. Workers in the smelting area and battery breaking area had the highest blood lead levels. Personal protective equipment was not in regular use in lead exposure zones.
Descriptors (primary) South Africa; lead and compounds; smelting plants; recycling of materials; exposure evaluation
Descriptors (secondary) threshold limit values; limitation of exposure; questionnaire survey; cross-sectional study; medical supervision; supply of personal protective equipment; determination in air; determination in blood; safe working methods
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSouth Africa
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Smelting and refining operations
Lead and compounds
Inorganic substances