Worker exposure and equipment noise in large surface coal mines.
Min Eng 2004 Apr; 56(4):49-54
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) continues to be a problem in the mining industry. New noise standards (30 CFR 62) promulgated by the Mine Safety and Health Administration are aimed at reducing NIHL in the mining industry. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is conducting a cross-sectional survey of noise sources and worker noise exposures to address NIHL in mining. Noise surveys, including full-shift worker noise profiling, have been completed in several surface coal mines, with an emphasis on draglines. The results of these studies are reported, their implications concerning worker NIHL are addressed, and their application to administrative and engineering controls is discussed.
Noise; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Mining-equipment; Coal-mining; Surface-mining; Occupational-diseases; Noise-levels; Miners; Hearing-impairment; Hearing-loss; Noise-exposure; Coal-miners; Engineering-controls
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Disease and Injury: Hearing Loss
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