This evaluation has brought to light the potential for emergency response workers to be exposed to excessive noise levels that could contribute to hearing loss. If these workers had similar exposures in their daily jobs, they would be enrolled in a hearing loss prevention program by their employers. This evaluation also highlighted a potential noise hazard to workers who care for domestic animals, such as employees of veterinary practices and animal shelters. Emergency response plans should consider noise exposures in shelters and structures used to house animals and should consider engineering and administrative controls in addition to providing HPDs to workers.
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