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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-197-995, Frontier Airlines, Inc., Denver, Colorado.
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 81-197-995, 1981 Nov; :1-9
Ground crew noise exposures were determined at Frontier Airlines, Incorporated (SIC-4511), in Denver, Colorado, on July 15, 1981. A representative of the airline requested the evaluation on behalf of approximately 90 affected workers. Eight hour average noise levels ranged from 83 to 86 decibels on the A-weighted scale (dBA) for ramp operations agents; 84 to 97dBA for baggage handlers; and 83 to 89dBA for mechanics, compared with the OSHA standard of 90dBA. Peak noise levels for the various locations and jobs performed around the aircraft ranged from 93 to 110dBA for Frontier's Convair 580 turbo prop aircraft and 92 to 98dBA for Frontier's Boeing 737 aircraft. The authors conclude that a potential health hazard from excessive noise levels existed at this airline's facilities. They recommend the continuation of the existing hearing protection program, yearly audiometric testing, routine noise monitoring, the use of appropriate noise protection equipment, and worker education.
NIOSH-Author; HETA-81-197-995; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-8; Health-surveys; Noise-exposure; Occupational-medicine; Noise-analysis; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: Air Transportation, Certificated Carriers; noise; ground crew personnel; machanics; baggage handlers; ramp operations agents
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