Consider the following scenario.
are the safety and occupational health professional for your city’s health
department. You received a call from a major food-distribution warehouse about
some employees who are complaining of dizziness and feeling sick.
scene is a very large warehouse; a significant portion is refrigerated. The
illnesses are being reported from a refrigerated section (about 40 degrees F),
where workers are blister packing food products on a production line. The
warehouse has 20 loading docks, two railroad car lines that end directly inside
the warehouse (in close proximity to the production area), a dozen or so gas
powered forklifts, and no sensors or environmental monitors of any kind except
those associated with the refrigeration systems.
warehouse manager is cooperative, but he points out that he is in the middle of
contract negotiations with the union. He is also very proud of the fact that
they have special seals on the loading dock doors and throughout the warehouse
to keep the cold in and the heat out.
cannot identify any discernible odors other than the exhaust from the forklifts
when they move by you. There are four women waiting for you in the break room
complaining of dizziness and lightheadedness. They are all comparing and
complaining about their symptoms. There are 14 employees who work in this area
of the warehouse: 12 women and 2 men.
Based on the given scenario, develop a plan of action that
includes how you would conduct the investigation, how you would identify
possible sources of the problem, and your opinion on the likely source.
Discuss the standards applicable to possible sources.
Include several recommendations you would make to the manager to help solve the
problem based on your research into documented best practices for similar
situations. Note: You may make
assumptions about the scenario in order to propose solutions (be certain to
state your assumptions clearly).
Case Study must be four to six pages in length, double spaced. All sources
used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted
material must have accompanying citations