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Are you operating an air rotary drilling rig? Is it loud?

Authors
Ingram-DK; Matetic-RJ
Source
Water Well J 2003 Jul; 57(7):18-22
NIOSHTIC No.
20023364
Abstract
Is it simply their reputation, or are air rotary rigs one of the loudest rigs in operation today? It may be the engine, or the compressor, or the cooling fan, or the hammering activity that takes place during drilling, or it could be all of the above. Whatever the causes, it is clear that air rotary drilling rigs are loud. Because of this, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is investigating the noise exposures of waterwell drillers while they are drilling water wells for our communities. Nationally, much attention has been given to the ever increasing problem of Americans losing their hearing due to occupational noise exposure. In 1996, NIOSH's National Occupational Research Agenda identified hearing loss as the most common occupation-related disease in the United States.
Keywords
Hearing-loss; Noise; Noise-exposure; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Noise-levels; Noise-protection; Ear-protection; Engineering-controls; Personal-protective-equipment; Mining-equipment
Contact
NIOSH, Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
CODEN
WWJOA9
Publication Date
20030701
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Construction
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
7
ISSN
0043-1443
NIOSH Division
PRL
Source Name
Water Well Journal
State
PA
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