LEAD Action News Vol
1 no 3 Spring 1993 ISSN 1324-6011
Tour of a Battery Recycling Factory - ARA
Australian Refined Alloys Pty Ltd
ARA operates one lead acid battery recycling facility in Australia, located at Alexandria in Sydney.
Simstar Alloys Pty Ltd, Australia (Previously ARA Melbourne) 50% Nyrstar interest Lead battery recycling operation Simstar Alloys Pty Ltd operates a lead acid battery recycling business in Laverton, Melbourne. Nyrstar is the operating partner.
(Previously a joint venture agent for Simsmetal Ltd. and Pasminco Metals (BHAS) Pty. Ltd.)
The following notes in bold and the typed labels on the graphic constituted the hand out. Additional notes were gleaned from the tour and discussion, which took place on 1 Oct 93.
Recycling of Lead
The average blood lead level of the Sydney ARA workers is 29.5 µg/dL, and steadily dropping due to the improved containment of lead fumes at the smelter, improved housekeeping and hygiene, financial incentives ($24/week ,'bonus for levels below 30 µg/dL) etc. Two and a half years ago, the average blood lead level of non-smoking workers was around 30 µg/dL while smoking workers averaged 50 µg/dL. Since then, smoking is banned on site and all workers remove work clothes, shower (washing hair and nails) and put on civvies in the clean room. Work clothes are laundered daily on site. Further improvements are planned to enclose the lead smelter in order to allow negative pressure to build up and improve the effectiveness of the extractor fan. The extractor fan waste is collected and recycled.
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