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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-92-019-2188, Denver General Mail Facility, Denver, Colorado.

Authors
Hales-TR
Source
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 92-019-2188, 1992 Mar; :1-8
NIOSHTIC No.
00206946
Abstract
In response to a request from employees, an investigation was undertaken of lower extremity musculoskeletal problems in optical character reader (OCR) and bar code sorter (BCS) employees at the Denver General Mail Facility (SIC-4311), Denver, Colorado. The facility employed about 2500 workers on three shifts. Approximately 2 million pieces of mail were handled there each day. The concern was in relation to lower extremity musculoskeletal problems potentially related to the hard surface upon which OCR and BCS employees are required to work. Employees alternate between loading and sweeping the machines every 30 to 120 minutes, at the discretion of the individual employee. During the loading task the employees stood on a hard floor. During the sweeping task the employees walked on a hard floor surface. The author concludes that a potential ergonomic hazard exists for these workers. The author recommends reducing or eliminating this potential hazard through a redesigned work station and through proper attention being given to posture.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-92-019-2188; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-8; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Back-injuries; Fatigue; Postal-employees; Ergonomics; Human-factors-engineering; Walking-surfaces;
Publication Date
19920301
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
PB92-193887
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-92-019-2188
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
4311
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CO; OH
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