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Health hazard evaluation report: HHE-80-213-759, Alabama Oxygen, Inc., Bessemer, Alabama.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 80-213-759, 1980 Oct; :1-7
Exposure to excessive noise was investigated at Alabama Oxygen, Incorporated (SIC-2813) in Bessemer, Alabama, from September 24 to 26, 1980, in response to a request from an authorized representative of the United Steelworkers of America, Local 4203. General area and personal sound frequencies and levels were measured. Noise exposures to compressor room workers ranged from 88.7 to 94.8 decibels relative to the A weighted scale (dBA). Compressor room noise was continuous and uniform in intensity and reached 103dBA when both compressors were operated. Average control room, outside vent, and loading terminal noise levels were 75, 100, and 82 to 86dBA, respectively. One dock worker and one tank refurbisher were exposed to averages of 84 and 90.1dBA, respectively. All but one of the workers were subjected to noise which exceeded 80dBA and often reached over 100dBA. The current OSHA recommended exposure limit is 90dBA for a 16 hour period. The authors conclude that a hazard from noise exposure existed at the time of the survey and they recommended that a hearing conservation program be adopted.
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