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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-2004-0415-2963, Meijer, East Lansing, Michigan.

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 2004-0415-2963, 2005 Apr; :1-10
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health received a request for a health hazard evaluation at a Meijer store in East Lansing, Michigan on September 28, 2004. Employees at the store were concerned about potential hearing damage from recently installed scanner/scale units in the store's checkout lanes. The units were loud enough that customers were commenting on them. A site visit was made to the facility on November 30 and December 1, 2004. An opening conference was held with management and employee representatives followed on the second day with a noise analysis of all the store's checkout lanes. The cashiers on duty during the noise survey were interviewed about any concerns they had with their work environment. The spectral measurements showed overall noise levels less than 65 dBA at each of the work stations. The siren-like sounds from the scanner/scales were associated with the spectral peaks measured at 500 and 1000 Hz. The cashiers also reported concerns about poor ergonomic conditions in the new checkout lanes. The NIOSH investigator determined that a health hazard does not exist from noise emitted by the scanner/scale units at this facility. Recommendations are offered to Meijer on addressing the ergonomic issues raised by employees and on communicating the results of the noise survey to employees and customers.
Region-5; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Noise-frequencies; Noise-exposure; Noise-levels; Retail-workers; Grocery-stores; Ergonomics; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Cumulative-trauma-disorders; Cumulative-trauma; Back-injuries; Fatigue; Author Keywords: Department Stores; noise; checkout lanes; scanner/scales; ergonomics
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