Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-83-142-1431, ICI Americas, Inc., Charlestown, Indiana.
Zey-JN; Habes-D; Frederick-LJ; Murphy-D
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 83-142-1431, 1984 Feb; :1-11
An evaluation of the incidence of ganglionic cysts and tendonitis at ICI Americas, Incorporated (SIC-3483), Charlestown, Indiana, was conducted in May 1983. The request for evaluation was made by the International Chemical Workers Union due to the occurrence of nine cases of ganglionic cysts and two of tendonitis among quality assurance personnel working on load lines 5A, 6A, 6B and 2B. The evaluation consisted of observing work practices and job tasks, employee interviews, and a questionnaire survey. Jobs on load lines 5A, 6A, and 6B were the most physically stressful. The most stressful work posture involved carrying 28 pound ammunition charges with both hands at the end of the charge. The proportion of employees reporting somatic complaints involving upper extremities, back, and lower extremities ranged from 19 to 42 percent. Thirty one percent of the employees reported a lesion diagnosed as a ganglionic cyst. The authors conclude that quality assurance personnel perform certain tasks that may be associated with the development of cumulative trauma disorders such as ganglionic cyst. Recommendations include carrying the charges by cradling them, and management evaluation of production personnel for biomechanical health problems.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Chemical-manufacturing-industry; Region-5; Biomechanics; Ergonomics; Muscular-disorders; Nerve-damage; Repetitive-work; HETA-83-142-1431;
Author Keywords: Ammunition Loading and Assembling Plants; Musculoskeletal Disorders; Ganglionic Cysts; Tendinitis; Tenosynovitis; Repetitive Tasks; Cumulative Trauma Disorders; Ergonomics
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
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