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Occupational noise exposure; criteria for a recommended standard
  • Published Date:
    Rev. criteria, June 1998
  • Status:
    current
  • Series:
    DHHS publication ; no. (NIOSH) 98-126
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Occupational noise exposure; criteria for a recommended standard
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  • Alternative Title:
    Criteria for a recommended standard ; Occupational exposure to noise ;
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  • Description:
    "This criteria document reevaluates and reaffirms the recommended exposure limit (REL) for occupational noise exposure established by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in 1972. The REL is 85 decibels, A-weighted, as an 8-hr time-weighted average (85 dBA as an 8- hr TWA). Exposures at or above this level are hazardous. The recommendations in this document go beyond attempts to conserve hearing by focusing on prevention of occupational NIHL. For workers whose noise exposures equal or exceed 85 dBA, NIOSH recommends a hearing loss prevention program (HLPP) that includes exposure assessment, engineering and administrative controls, proper use of hearing protectors, audiometric evaluation, education and motivation, recordkeeping, and program audits and evaluations. " - NIOSHTIC-2 Rev. ed. of: Occupational exposure to noise, 1972. Includes bibliographical references (p. 73-90).
  • Content Notes:
    "This document was prepared by the staff of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Principal responsibility for this document rested with the Education and Information Division, Paul A. Schulte, Ph.D., Director, and the Division of Biomedical and Behavioral Science, Derek E. Dunn, Ph.D., Director. Henry S. Chan was the document manager. John R. Franks, Ph.D., Carol J. Merry, Ph.D., Mark R. Stephenson, Ph.D., and Christa L. Themann contributed the principal input on the technical aspects of noise measurements, noise health effects, and the requisite components of a hearing loss prevention program. Mary M. Prince, Ph.D., Randall J. Smith, Leslie T. Stayner, Ph.D., and Stephen J. Gilbert provided risk assessment and statistical calculations. Barry Lempert recovered and reformatted the Occupational Noise and Hearing Survey (ONHS) data. David H. Pedersen, Ph.D. and Randy O. Young provided data from the National Occupational Exposure Survey (NOES). Dennis W. Groce and Janet M. Hale provided data from the National Occupational Health Survey of Mining (NOHSM). Ralph D. Zumwalde and Marie Haring Sweeney, Ph.D., provided policy review. Robert J. Tuchman, Anne C. Hamilton, Jane Weber, and Susan Feldmann edited the document. Susan Kaelin and Vanessa Becks provided editorial assistance and desktop publishing. Judy C. Curless, Sharon L. Cheesman, and Michelle Brunswick provided word processing and production support." - p. xvi
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