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HHE Report No. HHE-80-225, evaluation for noise.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 80-225, 1980 Jan; :1-15
A noise survey was conducted in the computer programming room of the Valley Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center (SIC-8321) in Morgantown, West Virginia, on October 24, 1980. An unidentified individual requested the evaluation on behalf of two programmer analysts who complained of headaches at the end of the workday. Noise levels in the computer room ranged from 56 to 90 decibels (dB). The OSHA standard of 90dB during an 8 hour shift was exceeded only when a printer was operated with the cabinet lid open. Noise levels exceeded the guidelines of 50 to 65dB for normal conversations in small offices, recommended in the 1979 Handbook of Noise Control and the 1978 Handbook of Noise Assessment. The investigators concluded that there was no overexposure to noise that would result in hearing loss, but that nuisance noise should be reduced to or below the recommended guidelines for small offices. Recommendations are given for installation of vibration isolators on equipment and acoustical tile on walls in equipment areas.
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