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HHE Report No. HETA-93-0498-2409, Mercury Marine, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

Authors
Tubbs-RL
Source
NIOSH 1994 Mar:45 pages
NIOSHTIC No.
00219666
Abstract
In response to a request from a joint management/union team at the Mercury Marine (SIC-3519) main machine and assembly facility in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, an investigation was begun into noise exposures at that site. The company employed about 1,500 workers on three shifts in the production of outboard marine engines. The major operations at the site included machining of engine parts, assembly of the parts into the finished product, and the quality testing of every outboard engine produced there. Personal noise exposure measurements were collected over a 2 day period of time. The mean 8 hour time weighted average (TWA) noise exposure was 86.6 decibels-A (dBA) for all operations measured. Of the 18 dosimeter samples taken, 13 exceeded the NIOSH Recommended Exposure Limit of 85dBA. Several types of hearing protection devices were worn in the facility. The major sources of noise included the use of compressed air in several operations and outboard motor noise generated during wet and dyno testing operations. The author concludes that workers in the machining, assembly, and testing departments were exposed to potentially harmful noise levels. The author recommends that a hearing conservation program and noise control measures be instituted.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-93-0498-2409; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Industrial-noise; Machine-operation; Industrial-factory-workers; Noise-levels; Noise-control; Occupational-exposure;
Publication Date
19940301
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1994
NTIS Accession No.
PB94-184223
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
HETA-93-0498-2409
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
3519;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-93-0498-2409, 45 pages, 11 references
State
WI; OH;
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