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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-95-0167-2539, The Western States Machine Company, Hamilton, Ohio.

Tubbs RL
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 95-0167-2539, 1995 Nov; :1-21
In response to a request from the employees and Local 176 of the United Auto Workers, an investigation was begun into noise exposures in the main building at the Western States Machine Company (SIC- 3559), Hamilton, Ohio. The company employed 68 production workers and manufactured industrial centrifugal equipment. Workers were concerned about the noise associated with an air compressor. A full shift noise survey was conducted using noise dosimeters. Noise measurements were also taken with a real time analyzer to determine the spectral content of specific activities. Over the 2 days of the visit, there were 26 full shift samples taken. Of these, 73% exceeded the NIOSH recommended exposure limit of 85 decibels-A for 8 hours. The OSHA action level was exceeded by 35%. The old air compressor was replaced with one which had lower levels of high frequency noise. Analysis of the noise suggested that the new compressor itself was not a significant contributor to the excessive noise levels at the site. The author concludes that a health hazard from noise exposure existed at the facility. The author recommended that a hearing conservation program be instituted.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-95-0167-2539; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Noise-exposure; Industrial-noise; Occupational-exposure; Author Keywords: Special industry machinery, not elsewhere classified; industrial centrifugal equipment manufacture; noise exposure; noise dosimetry; hearing conservation
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