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Working smart: NIOSH develops technology and products that address exposure to noise at the work site.
Water Well J 2007 Dec; 61(12):16-17
Noise-induced hearing loss continues to be a problem in the well drilling industry. Research conducted by NIOSH found that air rotary drill rigs produce sound levels more than 90 dB(A) over the course of an eight-hour workday. Sounds levels above 90 dB(A), identified during hammer drilling and the hammering of casing, exposes workers to levels that can damage hearing. A typical air rotary drill rig provides no barrier, for noise and dust protection, between the drill's control panel and the drill stem.
Noise; Noise-exposure; Mining-industry; Occupational-health; Exposure-assessment; Sound; Mine-workers; Noise-levels; Noise-pollution; Noise-sources; Noise-transmission; Work-environment; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Hearing-loss
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Journal Article; Trade
Issue of Publication
Water Well Journal
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division