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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-197-995, Frontier Airlines, Inc., Denver, Colorado.

Authors
Pryor-P
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, HETA 81-197-995, 1981 Nov; :1-9
NIOSHTIC No.
00122588
Abstract
Ground crew noise exposures were determined at Frontier Airlines, Incorporated (SIC-4511), in Denver, Colorado, on July 15, 1981. A representative of the airline requested the evaluation on behalf of approximately 90 affected workers. Eight hour average noise levels ranged from 83 to 86 decibels on the A-weighted scale (dBA) for ramp operations agents; 84 to 97dBA for baggage handlers; and 83 to 89dBA for mechanics, compared with the OSHA standard of 90dBA. Peak noise levels for the various locations and jobs performed around the aircraft ranged from 93 to 110dBA for Frontier's Convair 580 turbo prop aircraft and 92 to 98dBA for Frontier's Boeing 737 aircraft. The authors conclude that a potential health hazard from excessive noise levels existed at this airline's facilities. They recommend the continuation of the existing hearing protection program, yearly audiometric testing, routine noise monitoring, the use of appropriate noise protection equipment, and worker education.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HETA-81-197-995; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-8; Health-surveys; Noise-exposure; Occupational-medicine; Noise-analysis; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: Air Transportation, Certificated Carriers; noise; ground crew personnel; machanics; baggage handlers; ramp operations agents
Publication Date
19811101
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-187055
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-81-197-995
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
4511
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CO; OH
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