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Document ID (ISN)109723
CIS number 09-635
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Tak S., Roscoe R.J., Alarcon W., Ju J., Sestito J.P., Sussell A.L., Calvert G.M.
Title Characteristics of US workers whose blood lead levels trigger the medical removal protection provision, and conformity with biological monitoring requirements, 2003-2005
Bibliographic information Sep. 2008, Vol.51, No.9, p.691-700. Illus. 22 ref.
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Abstract In the United States, workers with blood lead levels (BLL) ≥60µg/dL are required to be removed from work involving lead exposure. This study estimated the proportion of workers with BLLs that triggered the medical removal provision by sector, and examined whether workers received appropriate follow-up blood lead testing. Data from the Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance Program for 2003-2005 showed that of 13,724 adults with BLLs ≥25µg/dL, 533 had BLLs that triggered the lead exposure removal provision. Rate ratios (RR) of adults with BLLs triggering medical removal were highest for "painting and wall covering contractors" (RR 22.1) followed by "highway, street and bridge construction" (RR 14.7), "amusement, gambling, and recreation" (RR 11.4) and "glass product manufacturing" (RR 10.1). Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) USA; lead and compounds; lead; determination in blood; limitation of exposure; permissible levels; change of employment
Descriptors (secondary) public OSH institutions; entertainment services; legal aspects; safety and health documentation; construction industry; role of government; enforcement; painting
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Occupational exposure limits
Lead and compounds
Inorganic substances