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New Health Hazard Evaluation Report Available

ma, 04/11/2019 - 00:00
At an electronics recycling company, HHE Program investigators found flame retardants in the air, on employees’ hands, and in their blood and urine, and blood leads above the CDC reference level. We recommended providing employees with a lead-removing product to wash their hands, retraining employees on the proper wear and use of respirators, and prohibiting dry sweeping to clean work areas. Find the full report here: https://go.usa.gov/xVpBx
Categorieën: Overheden

New Health Hazard Evaluation Report Available

ma, 28/10/2019 - 00:00
Finding respirable crystalline silica overexposures among fire debris cleanup employees, HHE Program investigators recommended using water spray to reduce dust, developing a silica medical surveillance program, educating employees on silica and silicosis, and ensuring consistent and proper wear of personal protective equipment. Find the full report here: https://go.usa.gov/xVpZ5
Categorieën: Overheden

New Health Hazard Evaluation Report Available

di, 22/10/2019 - 00:00
HHE Program investigators found no chemotherapy drugs on any tested surfaces in the chemotherapy administration area of a veterinary specialty hospital. However, one sample found cyclophosphamide on the floor just outside this area. We provided recommendations concerning use of protective gloves and face shields and refresher chemotherapy training for all employees. Find the full report here: https://go.usa.gov/xVpZB
Categorieën: Overheden

New Health Hazard Evaluation Report Available

di, 15/10/2019 - 00:00
Although no respirable crystalline silica was found during micro trenching, HHE Program investigators recommended the company improve dust control measures, improve elements of the company respiratory protection program, and perform periodic noise monitoring to determine which job tasks require hearing protection. Find the full report here: https://go.usa.gov/xVpZc
Categorieën: Overheden

New Health Hazard Evaluation Report Available

ma, 07/10/2019 - 00:00
Although wildland fire fighters' exposures to fibers were below the lowest occupational exposure limit during a prescribed burn, HHE Program investigators recommended improving the decontamination line setup and procedures, calibrating the respirator fit testing equipment, fit testing and training employees, and ensuring employees wearing respirators requiring a face seal are clean shaven. Find the full report here: https://go.usa.gov/xVpZ4
Categorieën: Overheden

New Health Hazard Evaluation Report Available

ma, 30/09/2019 - 00:00
Finding elevated lead concentrations in air samples on firing range employees who were changing exhaust prefilters and emptying buckets behind the bullet trap, HHE Program investigators recommended changes to these maintenance tasks, improvements to the current facility standard operating procedures, and ensuring appropriate sizes for Tyvek suits and nitrile gloves are available. Find the full report here: https://go.usa.gov/xy3uH
Categorieën: Overheden

New Health Hazard Evaluation Report Available

ma, 23/09/2019 - 00:00
After evaluating the ventilation at laser coding stations on the can-packing lines at a brewery, HHE Program investigators recommended dust control measures, creating a filter change-out schedule, and training employees on use, care, and maintenance of local exhaust ventilation systems, including how to safely clean the laser coding ventilation reusable filter. Find the full report here: https://go.usa.gov/xy3u7
Categorieën: Overheden

New Health Hazard Evaluation Report Available

wo, 18/09/2019 - 00:00
Although HHE Program investigators were unable to determine the exact exposures to fire fighters participating in a response to a chemical fire, many fire fighters who participated reported respiratory symptoms during or shortly after the response. We recommended auditing practices and procedures and continuing to improve the medical surveillance program. Find the full report here: https://go.usa.gov/xy3uf
Categorieën: Overheden

New Health Hazard Evaluation Report Available

ma, 09/09/2019 - 00:00
HHE Program investigators found employee overexposures to noise, but not any overexposures to metals at a boat maintenance facility. We recommended performing a comprehensive noise assessment, ensuring the appropriate employees are enrolled in the company hearing conservation program, and using vacuums equipped with HEPA filters instead of compressed air for cleaning work surfaces. Find the full report here: https://go.usa.gov/xy3um
Categorieën: Overheden

New Health Hazard Evaluation Report Available

di, 03/09/2019 - 00:00
Finding overexposures to nickel and noise among welders and their supervisors at an aircraft powerplant parts manufacturer, HHE Program investigators provided a number of recommendations including installing local exhaust ventilation in welding booths, using compressed air nozzles designed to generate less noise, and using vacuums equipped with HEPA filters instead of compressed air for cleaning work surfaces. Find the full report here: https://go.usa.gov/xy3uU
Categorieën: Overheden

New Health Hazard Evaluation Report Available

di, 27/08/2019 - 00:00
Although radon gas concentrations measured in a tourist cavern and a connected building were below occupational exposure limits, HHE Program investigators found radon gas entering the visitor’s center via the elevator shaft connected to the main cavern. We recommended ventilation system improvements and limiting the amount of time employees spend in the cavern. Find the full report here: https://go.usa.gov/xy3u8
Categorieën: Overheden

New Health Hazard Evaluation Report Available

ma, 19/08/2019 - 00:00
HHE Program investigators found overexposures to carbon monoxide, wood dust, noise, and vibration during forest fuel reduction projects. We recommended reducing chain saw use; maintaining chain saws to reduce carbon monoxide exhaust, wood dust, and hand-transmitted vibration exposures; and requiring use of noise and respiratory protection. Find the full report here: https://go.usa.gov/xy3uZ
Categorieën: Overheden

New Health Hazard Evaluation Report Available

ma, 12/08/2019 - 00:00
Finding ventilation and housekeeping issues in the evidence rooms at a county investigations bureau, HHE Program investigators recommended using benchtop ventilation hoods when handling or repackaging evidence and using a vacuum equipped with a high efficiency particulate air filter specifically for evidence room use. Find the full report here: https://go.usa.gov/xy3ub
Categorieën: Overheden

New Health Hazard Evaluation Report Available

ma, 05/08/2019 - 00:00
HHE Program investigators found employee exposures to metals, flame retardants, and peak impulsive sound levels exceeding 120 decibels at an electronics recycling company. We recommended providing employees with a lead-removing product to wash their hands, re-training employees on the proper wear and use of respirators and ear plugs, and prohibiting dry sweeping to clean work areas. Find the full report here: https://go.usa.gov/xy3u4
Categorieën: Overheden

New Health Hazard Evaluation Report Available

ma, 29/07/2019 - 00:00
Finding employees at four different nail salons working in positions that pose risks for developing musculoskeletal disorders and varying levels of ventilation, HHE Program investigators recommended ways to improve ergonomics during work tasks and improve general and local exhaust ventilation. Find the full report here: https://go.usa.gov/xy3ur
Categorieën: Overheden