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Criteria for a recommended standard... occupational noise exposure, revised criteria 1998.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1998 Jun; :1-132
NIOSHTIC No.
20000050
Abstract
This criteria document reevaluates and reaffirms the recommended exposure limit (REL) for occupational noise exposure established by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in 1972. The REL is 85 decibels, A-weighted, as an 8-hr time-weighted average (85 dBA as an 8- hr TWA). Exposures at or above this level are hazardous. The recommendations in this document go beyond attempts to conserve hearing by focusing on prevention of occupational NIHL. For workers whose noise exposures equal or exceed 85 dBA, NIOSH recommends a hearing loss prevention program (HLPP) that includes exposure assessment, engineering and administrative controls, proper use of hearing protectors, audiometric evaluation, education and motivation, recordkeeping, and program audits and evaluations.
Keywords
NIOSH-Criteria-Document; Occupational-noise; Noise-levels; Noise-exposure; Maximum-permissible-exposure; Standards; Occupational-exposure; Noise-intensity; Work-environments; Peak-values; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Audiometry; Prevention; Protection-equipment; Record-keeping; Information-dissemination; Occupational-safety-and-health; Construction-Search
Publication Date
19980601
Document Type
Numbered Publication; Criteria Document
Fiscal Year
1998
NTIS Accession No.
PB98-173735
NTIS Price
A08
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 98-126
NIOSH Division
OD
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
DC; OH
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