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HHE Report No. HETA-92-0230-2471, USS/USX Gary Works, No. 2 Q-BOP Shop, Gary, Indiana.

Authors
Kawamoto-MM; Kelly-JE
Source
NIOSH 1994 Nov:34 pages
NIOSHTIC No.
00224644
Abstract
In response to a confidential employee request, an investigation was begun into possible hazardous working conditions at the quick basic oxygen process (Q-BOP) shop at USS/USX Gary Works (SIC-3312), Gary, Indiana. The company was an integrated steel manufacturer where three major steel making processes were performed. Air contaminants, noise, heat stress, and ergonomic problems had been reported. Exposures to metals and sulfur-dioxide (7446095) were monitored. Confidential interviews were conducted with workers. Some employees reported experiencing nasal discharge, sinus congestion, and chest congestion, which are all symptomatic of exposures to airborne irritants. Tinnitus related to work schedules and long term hearing problems suggested that the hearing conservation program was not effective. Heat related headache, sweating and thirst symptoms along with heart palpitations and lightheadedness or dizziness suggested over exposures to heat. A few employees reported intermittent numbness and tingling or pain in the hands related to hand held vibration sources. Others reported joint or muscle pain attributed to work in awkward postures. The authors conclude that Q-BOP shop workers were potentially exposed to airborne irritants, noise, heat, and ergonomic risk factors. The authors recommend that measures be taken to reduce exposures, and to improve the health and safety of the workers.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-92-0230-2471; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Steel-industry; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Steelworkers; Respiratory-irritants; Airborne-particles; Metal-dusts; Heat-stress; Noise-exposure; Vibration-exposure; Ergonomics; Occupational-exposure;
CAS No.
7446-09-5;
Publication Date
19941101
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
PB95-189650
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
HETA-92-0230-2471
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
Priority Area
Musculoskeletal-system-disorders
SIC Code
3312;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-92-0230-2471, 34 pages, 27 references
State
IN; OH;
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