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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-086-837, Southern Bell Telephone Company, Hollywood, Florida.

Authors
Erdreich-J; Flesch-JP
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 81-086-837, 1981 Mar; :1-8
NIOSHTIC No.
00115403
Abstract
Sound level measurements were taken at the Southern Bell Telephone Company (SIC-4811) in Hollywood, Florida on January 22, 1981 to evaluate exposures to the telephone operators. A representative of Local 3120 of the Communications Workers of America requested the evaluation on behalf of approximately 40 affected workers who reported loud, high pitched tones through their headsets. Sound level measurements taken at four operator stations revealed a maximum acoustic output level of 88.5 decibels, A-weighted (dBA) over a frequency range of 125 to 4,000 Hertz. The current OSHA standard specifies a permissible exposure limit of 90dBA for a continuous 8 hour time weighted average exposure, with 5dBA increases for each halving of time up to 115dBA for a 15 minute exposure. The authors conclude that no hazard to operators from high sound levels existed at this facility.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HETA-81-086-837; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-4; Noise-measurement; Noise-levels; Noise-analysis; Author Keywords: Telephone communication; noise; telephone operators; headsets
Publication Date
19810301
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB83-102939
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-81-086-837
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
4811
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
FL; OH
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