Brewery Chemical and Dust Hazard Investigation

Azita MashayekhiBeverages, In The News

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At the request of Teamsters Local Union 95, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), initiated a health hazard evaluation  (HHE) at the Anheuser-Busch facility in Williamsburg, VA. The request concerned exposure to odors and dust at the laser coding stations on the can packing lines. A summary letter of their activities and initial findings has been issued and the final report will be generated in 2018.

Employees, union officials, or employers can request an evaluation of possible health hazards at their workplace through the Health Hazard Evaluation Program.  NIOSH will recommend ways to reduce hazards and prevent work-related illness.  The hazards include chemicals, particulates, noise, radiation, biological agents, ergonomics, heat, and stress. A union official or a minimum of 3 workers must request an HHE (unless 3 or fewer are exposed to the hazard). You can search for previous NIOSH HHE reports online by keywords – industry, company name, hazard, etc.