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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-92-0230-2471, USS/USX Gary Works, No. 2 Q-BOP Shop, Gary, Indiana.
Kawamoto MM; Kelly JE
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 92-0230-2471, 1994 Nov; :1-34
In response to a confidential employee request, an investigation was begun into possible hazardous working conditions at the quick basic oxygen process (Q-BOP) shop at USS/USX Gary Works (SIC-3312), Gary, Indiana. The company was an integrated steel manufacturer where three major steel making processes were performed. Air contaminants, noise, heat stress, and ergonomic problems had been reported. Exposures to metals and sulfur-dioxide (7446095) were monitored. Confidential interviews were conducted with workers. Some employees reported experiencing nasal discharge, sinus congestion, and chest congestion, which are all symptomatic of exposures to airborne irritants. Tinnitus related to work schedules and long term hearing problems suggested that the hearing conservation program was not effective. Heat related headache, sweating and thirst symptoms along with heart palpitations and lightheadedness or dizziness suggested over exposures to heat. A few employees reported intermittent numbness and tingling or pain in the hands related to hand held vibration sources. Others reported joint or muscle pain attributed to work in awkward postures. The authors conclude that Q-BOP shop workers were potentially exposed to airborne irritants, noise, heat, and ergonomic risk factors. The authors recommend that measures be taken to reduce exposures, and to improve the health and safety of the workers.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-92-0230-2471; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Steel-industry; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Steelworkers; Respiratory-irritants; Airborne-particles; Metal-dusts; Heat-stress; Noise-exposure; Vibration-exposure; Ergonomics; Occupational-exposure; Author Keywords: Steel Works, Blast Furnaces (including coke ovens), and Rolling Mills; air contaminants; metals; sulfur dioxide; noise; hearing aids; heat stress; ergonomics; vibration; lifting
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