Airborne exposure to heavy metals and total particulate during abrasive blasting using copper slag abrasive.Appl Occup Environ Hyg. 2002 Jun; 17(6):437-43.AO
This research investigates occupational exposure to metal and total particulate aerosols during abrasive blasting operations using one substitute abrasive, copper slag. Airborne exposures to metal (As, Be, Pb, Cr, Cd, V, and Ti) and total particulate aerosols from two copper slag sources are evaluated by the collection and analysis of personal breathing zone samples during abrasive blasting operations in both indoor and outdoor settings. Results from this research indicate that abrasive blasting operations using copper slag abrasive can generate, in a relatively short time, total particulate, lead, arsenic, and chromium exposures that exceed permissible exposure limits (PELs) set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Results also show statistically significant differences in exposure concentrations between slag sources. A correlation between total particulate concentrations and metal concentrations is indicated in both slag sources and in both indoor and outdoor settings. Results of this research allow occupational health and safety professionals to make a more informed determination of the degree of health risk posed to workers during abrasive blasting operations using commercially obtained copper slag abrasive.