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Worker exposure and equipment noise in large surface coal mines.

Authors
Bauer-ER; Babich-DR
Source
Min Eng 2004 Apr; 56(4):49-54
NIOSHTIC No.
20024863
Abstract
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) continues to be a problem in the mining industry. New noise standards (30 CFR 62) promulgated by the Mine Safety and Health Administration are aimed at reducing NIHL in the mining industry. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is conducting a cross-sectional survey of noise sources and worker noise exposures to address NIHL in mining. Noise surveys, including full-shift worker noise profiling, have been completed in several surface coal mines, with an emphasis on draglines. The results of these studies are reported, their implications concerning worker NIHL are addressed, and their application to administrative and engineering controls is discussed.
Keywords
Noise; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Mining-equipment; Coal-mining; Surface-mining; Occupational-diseases; Noise-levels; Miners; Hearing-impairment; Hearing-loss; Noise-exposure; Coal-miners; Engineering-controls
Contact
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
CODEN
MIENAB
Publication Date
20040401
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
0026-5187
NIOSH Division
PRL
Priority Area
Disease and Injury: Hearing Loss
Source Name
Mining Engineering
State
PA; AZ; NM; ND; TX; WY
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