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Noise exposure assessment of three adolescents living on farms in Northwestern Ohio.
Milz-SA; Witherspoon-MK; Ames-AL; Wilkins-JR III
Semin Hear 2008 Mar; 29(1):42-48
A National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-funded pilot project was conducted to evaluate both occupational and nonoccupational noise exposures of persons living and working on farms in northwestern Ohio. Noise exposure monitoring was conducted for 1 week during each farming season: planting, growing, and harvesting. Three families completed the monitoring process, including three adolescents. Child 1 was a high school student who assisted on the farm part-time, including driving tractors and other heavy machinery. Child 2 and Child 3 were home-schooled and performed some chores daily but did not operate any machinery. Child 1 wore the dosimeter a total of 130.85 hours, including 91.55 hours at school, and performed 8.25 hours of farming. Child 2 wore the dosimeter 60.33 hours and performed 4.87 hours of farm work. Child 2 also performed non-farm activities and wore the dosimeter 1 day during home schooling for 4.97 hours. Child 3 wore the dosimeter 47.68 hours and performed 4.87 hours of farm work. Child 3 also performed non-farm activities and wore the dosimeter for 13.33 hours during home schooling. No standards exist for noise exposure during agricultural operations. However, one exposure for Child 1 would have exceeded the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)/NIOSH guideline.
Farmers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-processes; Noise; Noise-exposure; Noise-levels; Noise-sources; Families; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Hearing-loss; Hearing-impairment; Hearing-disorders; Hearing-conservation; Sound; Exposure-assessment; Author Keywords: Farm; noise; adolescents
Sheryl A. Milz, Department of Public Health & Homeland Security, University of Toledo-Health Science Campus, Toledo, Ohio
Issue of Publication
Research Tools and Approaches: Exposure Assessment Methods
Seminars in Hearing
Medical College of Ohio at Toledo