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Noise impacts from professional dog grooming forced-air dryers.

Authors
Scheifele-PM; Johnson-MT; Byrne-DC; Clark-JG; Vandlik-A; Kretschmer-LW; Sonstrom-KE
Source
Noise Health 2012 Sep-Oct; 14(60):224-226
NIOSHTIC No.
20041969
Abstract
This study was designed to measure the sound output of four commonly used brands of forced-air dryers used by dog groomers in the United States. Many dog groomers have questions about the effect of this exposure on their hearing, as well as on the hearing of the dogs that are being groomed. Readings taken from each dryer at 1 meter (the likely distance of the dryer from the groomer and the dog) showed average levels ranging from 105.5 to 108.3 dB SPL or 94.8 to 108.0 dBA. Using the 90 dBA criterion required by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration, dog groomers/bathers are at risk if exposure to the lowest intensity dryer (94.8 dBA) exceeds 4 hours per day. If the more stringent 85 dBA criterion and 3 dB tradeoff is applied, less than one hour of exposure is permissible in an 8 hour day. Cautions are recommended for any persons exposed to noise from forced-air dryers.
Keywords
Sound; Noise-measurement; Noise-levels; Noise-exposure; Noise; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Hearing; Exposure-levels; Acoustical-measurements; Acoustics; Force; Air-flow; Author Keywords: Dryer noise; Hearing protection; Service occupations
Contact
Peter M Scheifele, Colleges of Allied Health Sciences and Medicine, Communication Sciences and Disorders Department and Department of Medical Education, 345A French East Bldg, 3202 Eden Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45267-0379
CODEN
NHOEA4
Publication Date
20120901
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
scheifpr@ucmail.uc.edu
Fiscal Year
2012
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
B20130124
Issue of Publication
60
ISSN
1463-1741
NIOSH Division
DART
Priority Area
Construction; Manufacturing
Source Name
Noise & Health
State
OH
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