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Health Hazard Evaluation Report HETA 99-0047-2746, Edgcomb Metals, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Authors
Harney-JM; Tubbs-RL
Source
NIOSH, 1999 Jul :1-12
NIOSHTIC No.
20000521
Abstract
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) request from an employer representative of Edgcomb Metals in Cincinnati, Ohio. The request listed noise exposure and confined spaces as issues of concern. Because of consolidation of facilities, a substantial portion of the workforce had been hired just in the last year, and new machinery had been added to the facility since the last noise monitoring had been done. Time-weighted average (TWA) noise exposures during two days of personal noise monitoring showed that exposures were not above the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) permissible exposure limit (PEL). They were, however, over 85 on the A-weighted decibel (dB(A)) scale when calculated using the NIOSH recommended 3 dB exchange rate. Most workers had at least mild hearing loss (hearing threshold level (HTL) of 25 dB sound pressure level (SPL) or more at tested frequencies), as determined from review of the company's audiometric test records.
Keywords
Region-5; Hazard-Confirmed; Occupational-noise-exposure; Hearing-protection; Workplace-safety; Fall-prevention;
Publication Date
19990701
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1999
NTIS Accession No.
PB2000-101766
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-99-0047-2746
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
5051;
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH;
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