Date of Award

5-2003

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Safety Science

Department

Graduate Studies

First Committee Member

Dr. Terrence Stobbe

Second Committee Member

Dr. Randy Johnson

Third Committee Member

Dr. Max Fogleman

Abstract

This study examines the process of removing lead bromide from aircraft spark plugs and the health hazards associated with the present method of cleaning the lead bromide accumulation from aviation spark plugs. Aviation maintenance technicians can be inadvertently exposed to lead while cleaning the lead bromide accumulation from the spark plug electrode during scheduled engine maintenance.

This study explores controlling the lead bromide particulate matter after it is removed from the spark plug electrode. Various control methods and/or procedural changes that may be employed to control the spread of lead bromide dust throughout the shop environment and the prevention of employee exposure to lead will also be explored.

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