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Worker exposure and equipment noise in large surface coal mines.

Authors
Bauer-ER; Babich-DR
Source
2003 SME Annual Meeting, Feb 24-26, Cincinnati, Ohio, Preprint 03-051. Littleton, CO: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., 2003 Feb; :1-6
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
20025335
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
Publication Date
20030224
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
NIOSH Division
PRL
Source Name
2003 SME Annual Meeting, Feb 24-26, Cincinnati, Ohio, Preprint 03-051
State
PA; AZ; NM; ND; TX; WY
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