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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-070-959, Bergen County Utilization Authority, Little Ferry, New Jersey.

Authors
Fannick-N
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 81-070-959, 1981 Oct; :1-6
NIOSHTIC No.
00119693
Abstract
Health and safety practices for entry into manholes were evaluated at the Bergen County Utilities Authority (SIC-4952) in Little Ferry, New Jersey, during October, 1980. A representative of the Utility Workers Union of American, Local 534, requested the evaluation on behalf of approximately 30 workers. General work processes were reviewed and compared with recommended practices. The author concludes that the evaluated procedures for entry into and working in confined spaces generally conformed to NIOSH criteria. He recommends clarification of certain instructions, inclusion of operating instructions with gas monitors, better characterization of the contaminants present in the sewers, initiation of an air monitoring program, increased ventilation at work sites, employee training, and other measures to reduce worker hazards.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HETA-81-070-959; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-2; Confined-spaces; Toxic-gases; Industrial-hygiene; Safety-measures; Control-methods; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: Sewerage Systems; Confined Space Entry; Carbon Monoxide; Hydrogen Sulfide; Combustible Gases; Lack of Oxygen; Toxic Gases
Publication Date
19811001
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB83-161232
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-81-070-959
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
4952
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NJ; OH
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