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NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluations

Select one of the three NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluations listed below, and perform a critical analysis of the report.

- Option 1. HHE Report No. HETA-92-0073-2337, United States Postal Service, General Mail Facility, Denver, Colorado - NOTE: Deals with mail handling equipment.

- Option 2. Health Hazard Evaluation Report, HETA-99-0283-2855, Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming - NOTE: Deals with the use of snowmobiles.

- Option 3. Health hazard evaluation report, HETA 2002-0239-2922, United States Postal Service, Norman, Oklahoma - NOTE: Deals with the use of Segway Human Transporter.

1. The ergonomic issues involved
2. The research conducted (and what type of study)
3. The findings and recommendations, and
4. Any other significant point

Please include comments on the following:
1. What did you learn in this review?
2. What more would you like to have seen discussed?

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The mixed methods study is a case study and a quantitative survey using quantitative physical measurements of study participants. It involves National Park Service employees at various locations throughout Yellowstone who are required to use and ride snowmobiles routinely during the winter months, for travel throughout the park. Measurements of vibration and other physical assessments provide the researcher with data related to ergonomics. The study also involved personal interviews with respondents, to understand the physical effects of snowmobile use and challenges it presents. The issue involved is the increased incidence of the arm, hand, shoulder, and back pain and injury of employees who use snowmobiles during the winter months. The research question is what ...

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The following posting helps with issues regarding health hazard evaluations. Concepts discussed include ergonomic issues, research documented, and other findings and recommendations.