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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-88-0290-2460, Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Authors
Tubbs-RL
Source
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 88-0290-2460, 1994 Sep; :1-65
NIOSHTIC No.
00224010
Abstract
In response to a request from the International Association of Fire Fighters, an evaluation was performed of possible hazardous noise conditions at the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire (PBF) (SIC-9224), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The PBF was responsible for providing fire suppression and prevention services along with first responder emergency medical services in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Noise dosimeter surveys were conducted at 18 of the 36 fire stations during September 12 through October 3 of 1988. The surveys indicated that the 8 hour time weighted average noise exposures were in general less than the amount allowed under any of the environmental evaluation criteria used by NIOSH. Audiometric testing was conducted on 424 fire fighters. A statistically significant relationship was noted between the time spent with the PBF and the amount of hearing loss in fire fighters after correcting for the effects of age on hearing levels. The author concludes that a health hazard existed for fire fighters due to high noise exposure levels. The author recommends that measures be instituted to reduce noise exposure and help prevent further hearing losses.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-88-0290-2460; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-3; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Noise-exposure; Fire-fighting; Firemen; Occupational-exposure;
Publication Date
19940901
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1994
NTIS Accession No.
PB95-174918
NTIS Price
A05
Identifying No.
HETA-88-0290-2460
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
9224
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
PA; OH
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