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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-456-1075, U.S. Bulk Mail Center, St. Louis, Missouri.

Authors
Lee-SA
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 81-456-1075, 1982 Mar; :1-11
NIOSHTIC No.
00130079
Abstract
Noise and diesel exhaust at the Trailer Yard, United States Bulk Mail Center (SIC-4311), St. Louis, Missouri were investigated. Thirteen tractor trailer operators were employed at the time of the study. The study was requested by the safety manager and was performed between November 23 and 24, 1981. Personal breathing zone samples were collected, noise levels were measured, and workers were interviewed to pinpoint health problems. No particulate and gaseous sulfates and sulfites, nitric-oxide (10102439), nitrogen-dioxide (10102440), or carbon-monoxide (630080) were detected in the breathing samples. Noise levels ranged from 80.4 to 84.8 decibels compared to a NIOSH average noise limit of 85 decibels. None of the drivers reported health problems at the time of the study but four of ten said they thought that diesel exhaust probably caused eye irritation, particularly during hot and windless summer weather. The author concludes that no hazard exists from either noise levels or exhaust exposure. However, a noise monitoring program is recommended since noise levels closely approached the NIOSH recommended limit. Also, diesel engines should be thoroughly warmed up in an area that is well away from the docking area.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Postal-employees; Motor-vehicles; Diesel-emissions; Noise-exposure; Employee-exposure; Industrial-hygiene; Air-quality-measurement; Region-7; HETA-81-456-1075; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: U.S. Postal Service; Diesel Exhausts; Carbon Monoxide; Oxides of Nitrogen; Noise
CAS No.
10102-43-9; 10102-44-0; 630-08-0
Publication Date
19820301
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB83-199455
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-81-456-1075
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
4311
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MO; OH
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