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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-89-100-2040, Ministry of Health - St. Lucia, St. Lucia, West Indies.

Tubbs RL
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 89-100-2040, 1990 May; :1-27
In response to a request from the Ministry of Health, an evaluation was made of possible hearing loss among employees from several industries in St. Lucia, West Indies, as part of an effort by NIOSH to develop a hearing conservation program for this area. Audiometric testing was conducted at 11 of the original 12 industries surveyed for worker exposure to noise and also at the international airport at View Fort. These industries included paper converting (SIC-2676) and cardboard box manufacturing (SIC-2653), electrical power generation (SIC-4911), cigarette manufacturing (SIC- 2111), beer brewing (SIC-2082), bra and panty manufacturing (SIC- 2342), glove manufacturing (SIC-2353) electrical component assembly (SIC-3674), printing (SIC-2741), and soft drink bottling (SIC-2086). The overall results did not demonstrate any significant hearing impairment, but they did show a pattern consistent with the beginnings of noise induced permanent threshold shifts. The author recommends that the Ministry of Health should continue its efforts to establish hearing conservation programs.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-89-100-2040; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-9; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Noise-exposure; Textiles-industry; Paper-manufacturing-industry; Author Keywords: Cigarettes; Malt Beverages; Bottled and Canned Soft Drinks and Carbonated Waters; Brassieres, Girdles, and Allied Garments; Dress and Work Gloves; Sanitary Paper Products; Corrugated and Solid Fiber Boxes; Miscellaneous Publishing; Semiconductors and Related Devices; Airports, Flying Fields, and Airport Terminal Services; Electric Services; noise; hearing loss; audiograms; Caribbean
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2676; 2653; 4911; 2111; 2082; 2342; 3674; 2741; 2086; 2381; 4581
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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