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Plant-Wide Hazards
Receiving and Killing
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Plant-Wide Hazards

Other OSHA Requirements and Programs

In addition to the workplace hazards that contribute to the predominant types of injuries and illnesses identified in the 1997 OSHA Survey of the Poultry Processing Industry, there are other hazards that are subject to OSHA standards and requirements.

Three of these hazards are highlighted in this module because of their potential for serious injury or illness or fatalities. These hazards are:
The following chart shows the number of deaths and injuries associated with these hazards.

Deaths/Injuries from Selected Causes in the Poultry Industry, 1976-1999

From 1976 to 1999, there were 13 fatalities due to electric shock in poultry processing facilities; an additional employee was injured and hospitalized. Recorded accidents involving chemicals during the same period killed 30 employees, caused the hospitalization of 216, and injured an additional 142.  The chart also includes deaths/injuries associated with fire/smoke resulting from burning hydraulic fluid, and chemicals in confined spaces. In addition, 1 non-chemical related death in a confined space was recorded. (Data taken from Accident Summaries, OSHA-170 form, OSHA IMIS Database, 11/15/1976 through 04/23/1999.)

Other OSHA standards that are important for the control of hazards in the poultry processing industry are:
The user of this module is encouraged to consult these standards directly. In addition to the standards themselves, OSHA has produced a number of publications on these topics that are available either by direct Internet access or as printed copies by ordering online, by phone, fax or mail..

On March 31, 1999, OSHA published a proposal that employer payment be made a part of the requirements of Personal protective equipment standard, 29 CFR 1910.132.

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