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Health hazard evaluation report: HHE-80-213-759, Alabama Oxygen, Inc., Bessemer, Alabama.

Authors
Albrecht-WN
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 80-213-759, 1980 Oct; :1-7
NIOSHTIC No.
00108707
Abstract
Exposure to excessive noise was investigated at Alabama Oxygen, Incorporated (SIC-2813) in Bessemer, Alabama, from September 24 to 26, 1980, in response to a request from an authorized representative of the United Steelworkers of America, Local 4203. General area and personal sound frequencies and levels were measured. Noise exposures to compressor room workers ranged from 88.7 to 94.8 decibels relative to the A weighted scale (dBA). Compressor room noise was continuous and uniform in intensity and reached 103dBA when both compressors were operated. Average control room, outside vent, and loading terminal noise levels were 75, 100, and 82 to 86dBA, respectively. One dock worker and one tank refurbisher were exposed to averages of 84 and 90.1dBA, respectively. All but one of the workers were subjected to noise which exceeded 80dBA and often reached over 100dBA. The current OSHA recommended exposure limit is 90dBA for a 16 hour period. The authors conclude that a hazard from noise exposure existed at the time of the survey and they recommended that a hearing conservation program be adopted.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-213-759; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Industrial-gases; Hazards-Confirmed; Region-4; Workplace-studies; Gases; Noise-pollution; Industrial-processes; Author Keywords: industrial gases; noise
Publication Date
19801001
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-103193
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HHE-80-213-759
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2813
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
AL; OH
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