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Document ID (ISN)78638
CIS number 02-870
ISBN(s) 3-89701-832-2
Year 2002
Convention or series no. GA 59
Author(s) Auffarth J., Hebisch R., Johnen A.
Bundesanstalt fŘr Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin
Title Exposure to harmful products during automobile recycling
Original title Stoffbelastungen beim Kraftfahrzeugrecycling [in German]
Bibliographic information Wirtschaftsverlag NW, Postfach 10 11 10, 27511 Bremerhaven, Germany, 2002. xii, 86p. Illus. 20 ref. Price: EUR 11.00.
Abstract This study examines the exposure of workers at 13 automobile recycling facilities. Results show that during fluid draining and disassembly operations workers are exposed to fuel vapours and dust, the concentrations of which, however, remain within permissible limits. During fluid draining, the source of exposure is motor fuel (maximum exposure of 67mg/m3, namely one quarter of the exposure limit for benzene-containing gasoline), while exposure to dust is negligible. Exposure to gasoline vapour is considerably lower during disassembly operations (maximum exposure of 10mg/m3). Maximum levels of breathable and inhalable dusts are below permissible levels (0.61 and 2.6mg/m3 respectively). However, there is evidence of skin damage among workers, mainly affecting the hands, the forearms and the face.
Descriptors (primary) harmful substances; respirable dust; determination in air; road vehicles; recycling of materials; motor fuel
Descriptors (secondary) Germany; benzene; exposure evaluation; dermatitis; inhalation
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Road transportation