During October 1988, a follow-up environmental survey by NJSDH to assess the extent of compliance with the recommended controls and work practices determined that, although the company had implemented many of these recommendations, some problems persisted.
Editorial Note: Since 1984, the NJSDH has conducted surveillance of silicosis under several NIOSH Capacity Building Programs (4).
On July 5, 1990, NJSDH personnel conducted medical examinations of the 15 workers who were present the day of the survey and whose jobs involved lead exposures.
NJSDH made specific recommendations, including use of personal protective equipment, engineering controls, and medical screening, to address health and safety problems identified at the foundry.
Since October 1985, NJSDH has conducted surveillance of occupational lead exposure under a state regulation that requires laboratories in the state to report all BLLs [is greater than or equal to]25 [microgram]/16 years old.
In response to this study, the NJSDH
and the Medical Society of New Jersey are preparing a press release to the public and health-care community before the summer season emphasizing the dangers of excessive sun exposure, which has been linked to malignant melanoma .