Testing and evaluation of an engineering noise control on a longwall stageloader.
Bauer ER; Reeves ER; Durr TM; Zuchelli DR; Armour D
2005 SME Annual Meeting, February 28 - March 2, Salt Lake City, Utah, preprint 05-58. Littleton, CO, Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., 2005 Feb; :1-12
A team of noise specialists from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Mine Safety and Health Administration, and Joy Manufacturing attempted to evaluate an engineering noise control on a Joy longwall stageloader. The team developed and executed a test plan to evaluate the noise attenuation of the engineering control in an underground coal mining environment. An evaluation of the long-term noise effects and durability of the engineering control were also a focus of the research effort. Pre- and post-control measurements consisting of a combination of worker dosimetry and task observations, tape recordings, and sound level measurements were used to evaluate the engineering control. A description of the engineering noise control, pre- and post-control sound level measurements, and an evaluation of control success are presented. In the end, no evaluation was possible due to mining practices, miner task variations, and inconclusive data.
Engineering-controls; Noise; Longwall-mining; Mining-equipment; Underground-mining; Coal-mining; Mining-industry; Noise-levels; Noise-exposure; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Occupational-diseases; Miners; Noise-measurement; Noise-sources
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Research Tools and Approaches: Intervention Effectiveness Research
2005 SME Annual Meeting, February 28 - March 2, Salt Lake City, Utah, preprint 05-58