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Engineering noise control technology demonstration for the furniture manufacturing industry.

Authors
Hart-FD; Stewart-JS
Source
North Carolina State University, Raleigh North Carolina 1982 Jan; :1-123
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00135171
Abstract
A demonstration of engineering noise control technology for the furniture manufacturing industry (SIC-3553) was conducted. Noise control education programs and a complete research, development, and demonstration program for noise control was developed. The study identified the dominant noise sources for wood working machines and proposed methods of control for each source. No new technology was developed; only proven noise reduction techniques were applied. Noise control techniques were also developed for saw mill and lumber industries. Noise evaluations were conducted for individual and overall machine operations within a pilot facility. Control technology was selected for each machine based on a judgment of the best balance between noise reduction, cost effectiveness, minimized adverse effects on production and maintenance, and overall impact on safety and health. The authors conclude that engineering control is a viable and effective method for protecting the hearing of workers in the furniture industry. The program demonstrates the technical feasibility and economic viability of noise control in a typical furniture factory through engineering means. Documentation is provided for feasible noise control technology to reduce noise in the furniture industry, including both technical and economic considerations.
Keywords
NIOSH-Grant; Noise-exposure; Safety-research; Safety-measures; Employee-exposure; Occupational-exposure; Ear-disorders; Furniture-industry
Publication Date
19820101
Document Type
Final Grant Report
Funding Amount
195223
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB85-103802
NTIS Price
A07
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-00953
NIOSH Division
OEP
SIC Code
3553
Source Name
North Carolina State University, Raleigh North Carolina
State
NC
Performing Organization
Mechanical and Aerospace Engr North Carolina State Univ Center for Acoustical Studies Raleigh, N C 27650
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