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Occupational health and safety hazards in Colorado small industry.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 1995 Mar; 10(3):151-155
NIOSHTIC No.
00226062
Abstract
A study was conducted in an attempt to identify hazards present in small industry. Comprehensive consultations and site visits were conducted in 141 small industries in Colorado and health and safety hazards were grouped using an OSHA standard. A Crude Hazard Rate (CHR), expressed as the number of hazards identified per 100 employees, was calculated for each facility. Overall, an average of 11.7 serious hazards were identified per visit. Of the three types of industries examined, construction, manufacturing, and trades and services, the greatest number of serious hazards identified per visit and the greatest CHR were found in the manufacturing industry. The OSHA hazards identified most often in the manufacturing industry included electrical hazards, deficiencies in the hazard communication program, hazards associated with means of egress, and machinery, hand, and power tool hazards. The highest hazard ratings in the trades and services industries were associated with deficiencies in hazard communications programs and electrical hazards. In the construction industry, hazards included walking and working surfaces, electrical, housekeeping, welding/brazing, and machinery, tools, and grinding hazards. A trend toward higher hazard rates in small companies was identified.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Occupational-hazards; Industrial-hazards; Electrical-hazards; Health-hazards; Construction-industry; Industrial-safety
CODEN
AOEHE9
Publication Date
19950301
Document Type
Journal Article
Editors
Tharr-D
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
1047-322X
Source Name
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
State
CO
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