Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-99-0047-2746, Edgcomb Metals, Cincinnati, Ohio.
NIOSH, HETA 99-0047-2746, 1999 Jul; :1-12
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) request from an employer representative of Edgcomb Metals in Cincinnati, Ohio. The request listed noise exposure and confined spaces as issues of concern. Because of consolidation of facilities, a substantial portion of the workforce had been hired just in the last year, and new machinery had been added to the facility since the last noise monitoring had been done. Time-weighted average (TWA) noise exposures during two days of personal noise monitoring showed that exposures were not above the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) permissible exposure limit (PEL). They were, however, over 85 on the A-weighted decibel (dB(A)) scale when calculated using the NIOSH recommended 3 dB exchange rate. Most workers had at least mild hearing loss (hearing threshold level (HTL) of 25 dB sound pressure level (SPL) or more at tested frequencies), as determined from review of the company's audiometric test records.
Region-5; Hazard-Confirmed; Occupational-noise-exposure; Hearing-protection; Workplace-safety; Fall-prevention
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
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