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Health Hazard Evaluation Report, HETA-2000-0316-2811, Material Sciences Corporation Pinole Point Steel, Richmond, California.

Authors
Habes-DJ
Source
NIOSH, 2000 Oct :1-12
NIOSHTIC No.
20021120
Abstract
On June 7, 2000, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a request for a Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) from the Director of Environmental Safety and Health at Material Sciences Corporation, Elk Grove Village, Illinois. The request stated that workers at the company’s Pinole Point Steel facility, located in Richmond, California, were experiencing strain to the lower back and arms while performing a zinc pot skimming operation. The request also stated that over the years there had been two confirmed cases of carpal tunnel syndrome among workers performing the job. A NIOSH ergonomist evaluated one worker performing the pot skimming operation on June 27 and 28, 2000. A biomechanical and lifting analysis indicated that the forces and moments at the joints on the left side of the body, particularly at the shoulder, and at the low back from lifting a long-handled spoon of dross weighing 40 pounds, were high and beyond the capabilities of all but the strongest of workers. One worker had recently injured his left wrist while performing the pot skimming task, and historically there have been many complaints by workers of strain to the arms and lower back. The results of the NIOSH investigation indicate that the unassisted lifting of dross while skimming the zinc pot is beyond the capability of most workers. Heat and awkward postures of the shoulder and trunk while skimming and performing other essential job activities increase the biomechanical and physical load on the worker. Recommendations for reducing the physical demands of the pot skimming task are included in this report.
Keywords
Hazard-Confirmed; Region-9; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Ergonomics; Manual-lifting; Manual-materials-handling; Carpal-tunnel-syndrome; Repetitive-work; Foundry-workers; Foundries
Publication Date
20001001
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
2001
NTIS Accession No.
PB2002-108254
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-2000-0316-2811
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Priority Area
Musculoskeletal System Disorders
SIC Code
3479
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH; CA
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