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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-91-305-2267, Siemens Energy and Automation, Inc., Norwood, Ohio.
Kelly J; Bresler FT; Tubbs RL
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 91-305-2267, 1992 Nov; :1-30
In response to a request from the International Union of Electricians, Local 765, an investigation was undertaken of possible hazardous working conditions at Siemens Energy and Automation, Inc. (SIC-3621), Norwood, Ohio. Employees at the site had been expressing concern about the ventilation system, hazard communication training, and the availability of personal protective equipment. The survey also considered possible overexposure to noise. The company manufactured high power electric motors, up to 10,000 horsepower. There were 495 employees, of whom 380 were involved in the production of motor stators and motor shafts, motor assembly, load testing the motor, and painting the motor. The evaluation team focused on stator manufacturing and welding operations. Noise exposure levels for two welders were 87.9 and 92.4 decibels-A (dB- A), above the NIOSH recommended limit of 85 dB(A). Noise exposures for two of three press operators monitored ranged from 83.5 to 87.6 dB-A. Exposure to nickel (7440020) exceeded recommended levels. The authors conclude that a health hazard existed for welders and press operators from overexposure to noise. The authors recommend reducing noise exposures, reducing the potential for exposures to other physical and chemical agents, and improving the hazard communication program.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-91-305-2267; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Welding-industry; Noise-exposure; Soldering; Motor-vehicle-parts; Occupational-exposure; Industrial-factory-workers; Author Keywords: Motors and Generators; motor manufacturing; trace metals; noise; welding; brazing; soldering
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