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2013 Health Hazard Evaluation Program Annual Report
The NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) Program is pleased to share its 2013 annual report with you! Our report includes summaries of projects that were interesting and other highlights of our year. We hope the report stimulates conversations about who the HHE Program is and how we make a difference for the health and safety of employees throughout the United States.
Evaluation of Employee Exposures During Sea Lamprey Pesticide Application
The HHE Program received a request from a health and safety manager at a government agency concerned with potential exposures when employees manually applied pesticides (3-trifluoro-methyl-4-nitro-phenol [TFM] and Bayluscide™) into rivers to control sea lamprey larvae. Sea lampreys are parasitic fish in the Great Lakes, the Finger Lakes, and Lake Champlain. The NIOSH research investigators observed inconsistent and inappropriate reuse of personal protective equipment, inconsistent hand washing methods, and the lack of clean water at some worksites. Investigators found pesticides on work surfaces, PPE, personal clothing, and skin of employees. HHE Program investigators recommended
- Developing PPE cleaning and storage procedures
- Installing washing stations so that employees can clean their boots, PPE, and skin
- Providing employees with clean water for washing and drinking
To read the full report go to http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/reports/pdfs/2011-0099-3211.pdf.
Evaluation of Job Stress and Morale at a Federal Law Enforcement Agency’s District Facilities
The HHE Program received a request regarding worker health concerns related to perceived low morale, job stress, and communication problems between employees and the employer at a federal law enforcement agency’s district facilities in Illinois. Interviews revealed that (1) nearly half of the employees reported a work-related health concern, (2) employees wanted important information through meetings and email, and (3) most employees felt management was approachable but did not believe their concerns or complaints would be addressed. HHE Program investigators recommended
- Talking to employees about how workload could be better managed
- Working with the human resources department to improve transparency in hiring and promotional practices
- Communicating and enforcing policies for holding employees accountable for poor performance
To read the full report go to http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/reports/pdfs/2012-0160-3212.pdf.
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