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Document ID (ISN)58697
CIS number 92-1591
ISSN - Serial title 0037-5675 - Singapore Medical Journal
Year 1989
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Ho S.F., Wong P.H., Kwok S.F.
Title Study on the health hazards of scrap metal cutters
Bibliographic information 1989, Vol.30, p.535-538. 15 ref.
Abstract The 54 scrap metal cutters employed by a shipbreaking and foundry plant in Singapore were matched with controls (construction workers), interviewed and given medical examinations. Most were contract workers paid on a piece-work basis. No respirators were provided or worn. The workers were unaware of the potential hazards of metal fumes. Cough, rhinitis and skin burns were more prevalent among the cutters than among controls. Blood lead levels exceeded the biological threshold limit value of 70µg/100L in 10 of them. The 10 were transferred temporarily to other work and advised in respirator use. Personal sampling for airborne lead in the workplace gave levels of 0.01-0.57mg/m3 (ACGIH TLV: 0.15mg/m3); the values were correlated with the lead content of paint on the metal being cut. Plant management was advised of the need for protective equipment and periodic medical examinations.
Descriptors (primary) occupational hygiene; conditions of work; shipbreaking; scrap metal processing
Descriptors (secondary) Singapore; report; developing countries; metal fume fever; burns; lead
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSingapore
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Shipwrecking
Metal reclamation and scrap metal industries