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HHE report no. HETA-96-0184-2663, Federal Aviation Administration - Bradley Airfield, Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

Authors
Tubbs-RL; Franks-JR
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 96-0184-2663, 1997 Nov; :1-21
NIOSHTIC No.
00240346
Abstract
In response to a request from the Federal Aviation Administration Office of Occupational Health and Safety, an investigation was begun into noise exposures at Brady Airfield Air Traffic Approach Control Tower (SIC-9621), Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Concern was expressed regarding loud tone bursts and static that air traffic control (ATC) specialists experienced on an intermittent basis through their radio headsets or telephone landlines at the controller's radar screen. The communication system relied on head worn microphone/receiver sets. Recordings of normal air to ground and ground to air communications were made for normal communication traffic with and without the electronic compression unit. Unstructured interviews were held with the staff at the field and a review was conducted of audiometric examinations given in conjunction with annual medical examinations for air traffic controllers. The authors conclude that a hazard to the hearing of the ATC specialists did not exist, but there were deficiencies observed in the manner in which the compression unit was used and in the hearing tests given to the controllers. A moderately high level of background noise was also detected which may interfere with speech intelligibility. The authors recommend measures to alleviate these deficiencies.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-96-0184-2663; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-1; Noise-exposure; Noise-control; Hearing-loss; Audiological-testing; Air-traffic-controllers; Occupational-exposure;
Publication Date
19971101
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1998
NTIS Accession No.
PB98-125578
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-96-0184-2663
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
9621;
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CT; OH;
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