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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-90-281-2319, Square D Company, Oxford, Ohio.

Tubbs RL; Franks JR
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 90-281-2319, 1993 May; :1-25
In response to a request from management at the Square-D Company (SIC-3613), Oxford, Ohio, an investigation was undertaken of occupational noise exposure in conjunction with the use of personal radio headsets. The company assembled electrical distribution products. Metal stamping, metal machining, and assembly were carried out by approximately 400 employees at the facility. Investigators conducted a noise evaluation at the site in the spring of 1991. Also investigated were outputs from 22 radios belonging to employees. Employee noise exposures measured with noise dosimeters revealed a median 8 hour time weighted average noise exposure of 84.6 decibels-A (dBA) weighted scale. One full shift sample exceeded 90dBA. The procedure used to assess the impact of the radios found that all six brands tested in the laboratory would expose workers to potentially hazardous noise levels when listening to rock music programs; five of the six were potentially hazardous when listening to easy listen stations. The authors recommended that the company continue with its program of hearing conservation and that the employees be educated with regard to hazards associated with personal radio headsets.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-90-281-2319; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Noise-exposure; Industrial-noise; Hearing-protection; Ear-protectors; Electrical-industry; Author Keywords: Electric Transmission and Distribution Equipment, Switchgear and Switchboard Apparatus; noise; personal radio headsets; hearing conservation programs
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