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Limestone mining: is it noisy or not?

Authors
Bauer-ER; Babich-DR
Source
Min Eng 2006 Oct; 58(10):37-42
NIOSHTIC No.
20031026
Abstract
U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) researchers are conducting a cross-sectional survey of equipment noise and worker noise exposures in the mining industry. Surface and underground limestone is one commodity recently surveyed. The sound levels of mining and processing equipment were recorded to identify noise sources. Full-shift worker noise exposures were completed to determine the exposure of various occupations. This article presents the results of the noise research conducted in both underground and surface limestone mines, detailing the equipment likely to cause worker overexposures, and the occupations experiencing overexposures. Implications for worker noise exposure reduction are also reported.
Keywords
Mining-industry; Stone-mines; Nonmetal-mining; Noise; Noise-exposure; Surface-mining; Underground-mining; Noise-sources; Noise-levels; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Hearing-loss; Occupational-diseases; Health-hazards; Occupational-health; Occupational-hazards; Equipment-operators; Mining-equipment; Workers; Noise-measurement; Hearing-protection
Contact
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
CODEN
MIENAB
Publication Date
20061001
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2007
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
10
ISSN
0026-5187
NIOSH Division
PRL
Priority Area
Disease and Injury: Hearing Loss
Source Name
Mining Engineering
State
PA
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