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Construction noise: hazard alert.

Authors
The Center to Protect Workers' Rights
Source
Silver Spring, MD: The Center to Protect Workers' Rights, 2003 Dec; :1-2
NIOSHTIC No.
20039605
Abstract
Most construction workers lose a lot of their hearing. You lose hearing slowly, so you may not notice. But if you can't hear, you may be in danger on the job. Noise doesn't just hurt your hearing. You can also get tinnitis, a ringing sound in your ears. Too much noise can make you tired and nervous. It can raise your blood pressure and add stress that can help lead to heart disease. Noise levels are measured in decibels (dBA). We talk at about 70 decibels. Decibels are measured on a scale like the one for earthquakes. So when the decibels go up a little, the noise goes up a lot. 73 decibels is 2 times as loud as 70. OSHA has rules about how long you may be exposed to a noise level, before you must wear hearing protection.
Keywords
Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Construction-equipment; Noise; Noise-exposure; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Noise-levels; Hearing-impairment; Hearing-loss; Personal-protective-equipment; Ear-protection
Contact
Building and Construction Trades Dept., AFL-CIO: CPWR, Suite 1000, 8484 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 2091
Publication Date
20031229
Document Type
Other
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-317202
Priority Area
Construction
Source Name
Construction Noise: Hazard Alert
State
MD
Performing Organization
The Center to Protect Workers' Rights
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