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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-059-1045, Newburgh Fire Department, Newburgh, 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 81-059-1045, 1982 Feb; :1-41
Hearing loss from noise exposure in firefighting operations at the Newburgh Fire Department (SIC-9224), Newburgh, New York were investigated. The study was requested by the International Association of Fire Fighters and was conducted on June 3 to 5, 1981. Fifty five fulltime firefighters were employed in the department. Hearing and audiometric examinations were performed. Noise levels emitted by sirens and fire engines during simulated response calls ranged from 99 to 116 decibels (dBA) at various riding positions on the fire vehicles. For an 8 hour time weighted average, noise exposure ranged from 62.8 to 85.3dBA. NIOSH recommends an 85dBA level. There were marked hearing losses in the noise sensitive frequencies. The authors conclude the firefighters are being exposed to high noise levels and show significant hearing losses. The authors recommend reducing noise exposure and conducting further research to determine if noise exposure and apparent hearing loss are related.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Firemen; Noise-exposure; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Noise-measurement; Noise-protection; HETA-81-059-1045; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: Fire departments, including volunteer; fire fighting operations; noise levels; hearing loss
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