Mining Product: DOSES - Determination of Sound Exposures
Original creation date: May 2009
Authors: GP Cole, ER Spencer, ER Bauer
The Determination of Sound Exposures (DOSES) software was developed for use by mine management and safety personnel to simplify the record-keeping and analysis associated with time-motion studies and worker noise exposures, making it easier to identify and solve noise problems.
The software relies on a time-motion study that profiles the worker's daily activities. At the same time, noise measurements are collected with a dosimeter or sound level meter (SLM). Observations about the worker's location and tasks or other activities are recorded along with times and durations so they can later be matched up with the noise data.
After the completion of a time-motion study of the worker's daily tasks and locations (possible noise sources), which measures the worker's noise exposures during the recorded events, the information is entered into DOSES. The program then displays information about the worker's accumulated noise dose over time.
Updates made for Version 1.1.0:
- A fix to the File/Open dialog to eliminate a file selection bug present when running under Windows 7.
- The new version will install over or remove DOSES 1.0
- The default installation directory has been changed to [Program Files]\NIOSH\DOSES
- A fix to the print graph bug present under Windows 7.
To install, download the ZIP archive, unpack into a temporary folder and run DOSES Setup.exe. The archive also contains the publication Determination of Sound Exposures (DOSES): Software Manual and Implementation Guide.
Audience: Mine management and safety personnel
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