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Administrative controls for reducing worker noise exposures.

Authors
Bauer-ER; Babich-DR
Source
Trans Soc Min Metal Explor 2006 Jan; 318:51-57
NIOSHTIC No.
20030605
Abstract
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) continues to be a concern for the mining industry. A new noise standard (30 CFR 62) is aimed at reducing NIHL in mining through engineering and administrative noise controls. However, the difficulty and expense of implementing engineering controls can make administrative controls an attractive alternative for reducing worker noise exposure. Over the last 3 years, NIOSH has conducted worker noise exposure surveys in underground and surface coal mines and coal prep plants. The surveys have revealed many possible administrative controls and an approach to implementation and analysis. The surveys have shown that worker dosimetry, time-motion studies, and equipment noise profiling are important aspects of effectively using administrative controls. A description of the approach for selecting, implementing, and evaluating administrative controls and a list of administrative controls are reported.
Keywords
Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Noise-exposure; Noise; Hearing-loss; Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Surface-mining; Coal-mining; Engineering-controls; Occupational-diseases; Occupational-health
Contact
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
CODEN
TMENAE
Publication Date
20060101
Document Type
Journal Article
Editors
Yernberg-WR
Fiscal Year
2006
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
0873352513
ISSN
1075-8623
NIOSH Division
PRL
Source Name
Transactions of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration
State
PA
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