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National Occupational Health Survey of Mining. Gemstones report.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1988 Apr; :1-41
Data on potential exposures chemical and physical agents was gathered for the National Occupational Health Survey of Mining for the gemstones commodity. Two gemstones mines were surveyed for this report. Nine chemicals were found on mine property for which regulations were imposed by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Three chemicals were found on site which had no NIOSH or MSHA exposure limits. Trade name products found on mine property were listed. Potential exposures to noise, process related temperature, and whole body vibration were noted. Seven musculoskeletal conditions were identified which could result in complications for the workers: sitting; standing; prone or supine lying; heavy lifting; finger and hands; neck and/or back; and the forearm, arm, and shoulder. Three welding processes were used in the sites: shield metal arc welding, arc welding, and oxyfuel gas cutting. Annual usage estimates were provided for generic and tradename chemicals.
Mining-industry; Mine-workers; Health-hazards; Equipment-operators; Heat-stress; Noise-exposure; Back-injuries; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Manual-lifting; Welders
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