Limestone mining: is it noisy or not?
2006 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit, March 27-29, St. Louis, Missouri, Preprint 06-017. Littleton, CO: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., 2006 Mar; :1-6
NIOSH researchers are conducting a cross-sectional survey of equipment noise and worker noise exposures in the mining industry. Surface and underground limestone is one commodity that was recently surveyed. The sound levels of mining and processing equipment were recorded to identify noise sources. Full-shift worker noise exposures were completed to determine the exposure of various occupations. This paper presents the results of the noise research conducted in both underground and surface limestone mines, detailing the equipment likely to cause worker overexposures and the occupations experiencing overexposures. Implications for worker noise exposure reduction are also reported.
Mining-industry; Stone-mines; Nonmetal-mining; Noise; Noise-exposure; Surface-mining; Underground-mining; Noise-sources; Noise-levels; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Hearing-loss; Occupational-diseases; Health-hazards; Occupational-health; Occupational-hazards; Equipment-operators; Mining-equipment; Workers; Noise-measurement; Hearing-protection
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Disease and Injury: Hearing Loss
2006 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit, March 27-29, St. Louis, Missouri, preprint 06-017