Health hazard evaluation report: HETA 97-0231-2705, Peerless-Premier Appliance Company, Belleville, Illinois.
On June 3, 1997, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a union request for a health hazard evaluation (HHE) at Peerless-Premier Appliance Company in Belleville, Illinois. The request was from the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, AFL-CIO, which represents two of the unions in the facility, Locals S4 and S60. The HHE request was initiated by reports of musculoskeletal injuries, especially sprains and strains in the upper extremities. The requesters also expressed concerns over silica exposures in the enameling department. In response, NIOSH personnel conducted site visits at the plant on September 30, 1997, and December 2-3, 1997, to evaluate these employee concerns. This report discusses the details of the site visits and presents the findings and recommendations.