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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-066-882, Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Bronx, New York.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 81-066-882, 1981 May; :1-8
Noise levels were evaluated at the Lincoln Medical and Mental Center (SIC-8062) in Bronx, New York, on February 12, 1981. The evaluation was requested by the management on behalf of 40 service building workers. Personal and general area noise dosimeter measurements were taken. Two octave band analyses were also performed to isolate the dominant frequencies. The cumulative 7.3 hour noise exposures of the fireman and engineer were 86.8 and 85.0 decibels (A-weighted) (dBA), respectively. The general area noise measurements taken at the watchman's desk, and between boilers 1 and 2 revealed cumulative 7 hour noise levels of 84.9 and 90.1dBA, respectively. Octave band analyses indicated that the higher noise levels occurred at frequencies of 31 to 500 Hertz. Noise exposures were within the OSHA standard of 90dBA. The author concludes that 9 potential health hazard existed due to noise exposure at this facility. He recommends the institution of a hearing conservation program and consideration of engineering controls to reduce noise levels at this facility.
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