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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-91-194-2153, McKesson Drug Company, Fairfield, Ohio.

Cook CK; 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 91-194-2153, 1991 Oct; :1-22
In response to a request from employee representatives of McKesson Drug Company (SIC-5122), Fairfield, Ohio, an evaluation was undertaken of exposure to noise at this site. The company has been at its current location for 2 years, distributing various health and beauty aids, over the counter drugs, and prescription drugs to retail stores and hospitals in the midwestern part of the United States. Concern was expressed regarding the noise levels in the shipping area where there were nine conveyor lines that carry orders from picking areas to the shipping area. Five lines were in full operation at the time of the visit. Personal noise dosimetry was performed along with octave band area noise measurements at various locations throughout the facility. Analysis of the results indicated that measured values in the shipping area approach the NIOSH recommended exposure limit (REL) of 85 decibels for a 8 hour time weighted average. However, at no time was this level exceeded. The authors conclude that a noise hazard did not exist at the time of the survey. Because noise levels in the shipping area were only slightly below the REL, the authors recommend engineering and administrative controls to reduce employee exposures.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-91-194-2153; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Noise-exposure; Industrial-noise; Workplace-studies; Warehousing; Occupational-exposure; Author Keywords: Drug Proprietaries, Drug Sundries; Noise; Warehousing
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