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Summary of longwall and continuous miner section noise studies in underground coal mines.

Authors
Babich-DR; Bauer-ER
Source
Min Eng 2006 Nov; 58(11):41-46
NIOSHTIC No.
20031193
Abstract
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) in mine workers, especially underground coal miners, continues to be a problem in the mining industry. The recently enacted MSHA noise standard, Part 62 - Occupational Noise Exposure (Federal Register, 1999), is aimed at reducing NIHL in the mining industry. The U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is conducting a cross-sectional survey of noise sources and worker noise exposures to address NIHL in various aspects of coal mining including surface mining, coal preparation plants and underground mining. In underground bituminous coal mining, noise surveys, consisting of full-shift worker noise exposure, time-motion studies and equipment noise profiling, have been completed on longwall and continuous miner sections in six underground coal mines. The studies revealed widely varying shift-to-shift worker exposures, with workers in certain occupations routinely exposed to potentially hazardous levels of noise. A summary of these studies is reported, including worker dose, source/dose relationships and equipment noise profiles.
Keywords
Noise-levels; Mining-industry; Coal-mining; Coal-miners; Underground-miners; Underground-mining; Hearing-loss; Hearing-conservation; Hearing-impairment; Noise-measurement; Noise-sources; Mining-equipment; Surface-mining
CODEN
MIENAB
Publication Date
20061101
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2007
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
11
ISSN
0026-5187
NIOSH Division
PRL
Priority Area
Disease and Injury: Hearing Loss
Source Name
Mining Engineering
State
PA
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