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OCCUPATIONAL COLD STRESS: A LITERATURE REVIEW

Prior even to making individual team-member assignments for a dive, the regulations (29 CFR 1910.421(f)(2), p. 857) require the (commercial) employer to "inquire into the dive team member's current state of physical fitness, and indicate . . . the procedure for reporting physical problems . . . during and after the dive."

Within the Safety and Health Regulations for Longshoring, under Subpart I--General Working Conditions, there is a section (29 CFR 1918.93, pp. 704-5) referring to "Ventilation and atmospheric conditions" in which no mention is made of heat or cold, nor are there any specified working-area temperature standards. In Subpart J, which addresses Personal Protective Equipment (for longshoring persons) there is no mention (29 CFR 1918.101 through 1910.106) of hand protection requirements whatsoever. Under Foot Protection (29 CFR 1918.104), no mention is made of protection against cold as a criterion for safety-shoe selection, although safety shoes are required to be made "readily available to all employees" (by the employer), and the use of such shoes is to be "encouraged."

Part 1926 of the regulations deals with Safety and Health Regulations for Construction; and under a section dealing with gases, vapors, fumes, dusts, and mists (29 CFR 1926.55, p. 45) the "Threshold Limit Values of Airborne Contaminants for 1970" from the ACGIH are incorporated as standards by reference and then immediately reproduced in their entirety. The table goes on for 15 pages; no temperature criteria or standards or limits are given; cold conditions or temperature are not mentioned. (There were, by the 7-15-95 edition of the CFRs, much newer versions of the ACGIH TLVs that might have been cited; why the latest version is not cited is a mystery.)

"Ventilation" is mentioned for construction workers at 29 CFR 1926.57; the section spans 25 pages; the topics are ventilation equipment minimally necessary to remove or control gases, vapors, fu...

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