Source path contribution analysis of an underground haul truck used in metal/non-metal mines.
Peterson-JS; Yantek-DS; Miller-RE
2012 SME Annual Meeting, February 19 - 22, Seattle, Washington, Preprint 12-036. Englewood, CO: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., 2012 Feb; :183-187
Occupational noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) has been recognized by the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) as the most common job-related disease in the United States.Roughly 30 million workers are exposed to excessive noise levels or toxins that are potentially hazardous to their hearing. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Office of Mine Safety and Health Research (OMSHR)is investigating noise controls to reduce operator overexposures caused by haul trucks used in underground metal/non-metal mines. To identify the most significant contributors to the overall sound level, Source Path Contribution (SPC) analysis was conducted. Noise dosimetry and time-motion analysis were also conducted to quantify operator noise exposure. SPC analysis determined that, under high idle conditions, a source near a hydraulic pump mounted to the rear of the engine and the engine cooling fan were the major noise sources. The time-motion/dosimetry analysis showed that the operators accumulated more than 90% of their noise exposures while they were hauling ore to the dump site and traveling back to the load site unloaded.
Noise; Noise-exposure; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Noise-levels; Hearing; Hearing-loss; Diseases; Exposure-levels; Exposure-limits; Hazards; Toxins; Noise-control; Audiological-testing; Auditory-system; Audiofrequency; Audiometers
2012 SME Annual Meeting, February 19 - 22, Seattle, Washington, Preprint 12-036