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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-86-341-1711, Miller Brands Inc., Denver, Colorado.
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 86-341-1711, 1986 Jul; :1-6
The Operations Manager of Miller Brands (SIC-5181), Denver, Colorado, requested an evaluation of carbon-monoxide (630080) (CO) exposures in the beer distributorship and storage facilities. Gasoline powered beer trucks and fork lifts used inside large buildings generate the CO. The OSHA standard for CO is 50 parts per million (ppm) as a time weighted average. CO measurements taken in the beer storage warehouse, in the beer keg refrigerated storage room, and in the building where the filled trucks were dispatched were within acceptable concentrations in all areas except the refrigerated keg storage room. Levels in this room reached 200ppm after the fork lift truck had been entering and exiting for about 20 minutes. The level stayed at 200 to 230ppm for the next 2.5 hours of the operation. After loading, the room was closed and the level of CO was still at 150ppm 1 hour later. The door was then left open and the CO level reached an acceptable concentration of 50ppm after 1 hour. The authors recommend that electric fork lift trucks be used in the beer keg cool room to eliminate this CO hazard. Beer trucks and fork lifts should not be left running at any time and trucks should leave the facility immediately after their engines are started.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-86-341-1711; Region-8; Hazard-Confirmed; Fumes; Exhaust-gases; Truck-drivers; Storage-facilities; Author Keywords: beer storage; carbon monoxide; refrigerated storage; gas powered fork lift trucks
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