Each month we will update this page to highlight newly released final reports and information on new and emerging hazards we are evaluating. Check back often to see what we are up to!
Recommendations Provided to a Poultry Processing Plant
HHE Program investigators found a high percentage of poultry processing employees with hand activity and force above recommended levels—34% of tested employees had evidence of carpal tunnel syndrome. To help protect against musculoskeletal disorders and traumatic injuries, investigators recommended following OSHA poultry processing guidelines, redesigning job tasks, and using a job rotation schedule. To read the full report go to http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/reports/pdfs/2014-0040-3232.pdf.
Evaluation of Tuberculosis Transmission at an Elephant Sanctuary
The HHE Program evaluation found that improvements could be made to ventilation systems in barns at an elephant refuge where elephants with active tuberculosis disease were kept, and to employee work practices and personal protective equipment. HHE Program investigators recommended ways to treat elephants with active tuberculosis disease, perform employee tuberculin skin tests, and improve employee respirator use. To read the full report go to http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/reports/pdfs/2010-0080-3235.pdf.
2014 Health Hazard Evaluation Program Annual Report
The NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) Program is pleased to share its 2014 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.
A link to the annual report is available at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/pdfs/HHE_2014_Annual_Report.pdf
NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation Program Noise Measurement Database
We have released a database to provide researchers and other interested stakeholders with noise measurement results collected during HHE surveys from 1996–2012. The noise database contains workplace noise measurement results from 73 HHE reports, including over 761 personal noise exposure measurements and 536 area noise measurements. For reports posted online, the database provides a direct link to the HHE report for each of the noise measurement results. This database is an ongoing project and will be updated at least yearly to add the most recent HHE noise measurement data. To view the database go to http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/data/datasets/RD-1005-2014-0/.
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