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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-90-251-2128, Dow Jones and Company, Inc., Dallas, Texas.

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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 90-251-2128, 1991 Aug; :1-12
In response to a request from OSHA, an evaluation was undertaken of lower extremity musculoskeletal problems among printers related to ergonomic working conditions in the composing room at Dow Jones and Company (SIC-2711), Dallas, Texas. In November of 1989 several changes occurred in the composing room environment. The carpet on the floor was removed and a tiled floor installed. Stools used by printers during downtime were removed and sitting in the composing room was not allowed unless the employee was assigned a sitting job. In March of 1990 a compromise was reached as a result of management/union negotiations; mats were installed and sit down breaks during downtime were permitted. An ergonomic evaluation of the composing room was performed, and questionnaires administered to all 20 printers and eight of nine news production staff members. New onset of lower extremity discomfort following the changes in the composing room was reported by 25% of printers and 13% of news production staff; 60% of printers and 25% of the news production staff reported lower extremity discomfort following the floor surface change. Static standing postures were observed among printers at the make/up banks. The author concludes that an ergonomic hazard existed in the composing room among printers due to static standing postures. Unadjustable workstations were also creating an ergonomic hazard for short statured workers. The author recommends measures to remedy the situation.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-90-251-2128; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-6; Publishing-and-printing; Walking-surfaces; Printing-industry; Posture; Human-factors-engineering; Ergonomics; Author Keywords: Newspapers: Publishing, or Publishing and Printing; journeymen printers; composing room; standing workplace; lower extremity disorders; ergonomics
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