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Handbook of Noise and Vibration Control. Crocker MJ, ed., Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2007 Oct; :465-469
Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most prevalent occupational illnesses in the world, but it is also the most preventable. Noise dosimeters have been used extensively over the past two decades to document noise exposures and ensure compliance with rules and regulations developed by various international organizations and regulatory agencies. In the United States, such dosimeters are required to comply with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Specification for Personal Noise Dosimeters S1.25-1991 (R1997), which states that dosimeters should be suitable for measurement of impulsive, intermittent, and continuous noise. Noise dosimeters measure and store sound pressure levels and, by integrating these measurements over time, provide a cumulative noise exposure reading for a given period. Dosimeters can function as personal or area noise monitors. In occupational settings, personal noise dosimeters are often worn on the body of a worker with the microphone mounted on the middle-top of the person's most exposed shoulder.
Noise-measurement; Impulse-noise; Occupational-exposure; Industrial-noise; Noise-analysis; Noise-exposure; Analytical-instruments; Analytical-processes
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Handbook of Noise and Vibration Control
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