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Survey of Hearing Conservation Programs in Industry.


PB274235

Publication Date 1975
Personal Author Schmidek, M. E.; Layne, M. A.; Lempert, B. L.; Fleming, R. M.
Page Count 148
Abstract Industrial hearing conservation programs are assessed in terms of the extent of existence, standard practices, problems encountered, and apparent measures of effectiveness. A survey questionnaire was used and site visits were made in order to elicit responses from individual companies in four major industrial categories: manufacturing, construction, transportation and mining. The results indicate that many industries are responding to the need for establishment of hearing conservation programs. Of those companies claiming to have noise problems, the majority have noise reduction programs and a large percentage are planning such programs. Engineering noise control seems to pose the greatest problem for industry, and most companies deal with controlling noise exposure through the use of ear protectors. Tolerances on audiometers and on background noise levels in test rooms as established by the American National Standards Institute were frequently exceeded at one or more frequencies, indicating a need for more precise calibration check procedures.
Keywords
  • Auditory perception
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Noise reduction
  • Surveys
  • Programs
  • Industrial plants
  • Environmental engineering
  • Safety devices
  • Evaluation
  • Tables(Data)
  • Preventive medicine
  • Questionnaires
  • Measuring instruments
  • Interviews
  • Construction industry
  • Transportation
  • Mining
  • Effectiveness
  • Ear protectors
  • Hearing conservation
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Noise pollution
  • Environmental health
  • Threshold limit values
  • Maximum permissible exposure level
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • 68B - Noise Pollution & Control
  • 94D - Job Environment
Corporate Authors National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, Ohio. Div. of Labs. and Criteria Development.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 197804
Survey of Hearing Conservation Programs in Industry.
Survey of Hearing Conservation Programs in Industry.
PB274235

  • Auditory perception
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Noise reduction
  • Surveys
  • Programs
  • Industrial plants
  • Environmental engineering
  • Safety devices
  • Evaluation
  • Tables(Data)
  • Preventive medicine
  • Questionnaires
  • Measuring instruments
  • Interviews
  • Construction industry
  • Transportation
  • Mining
  • Effectiveness
  • Ear protectors
  • Hearing conservation
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Noise pollution
  • Environmental health
  • Threshold limit values
  • Maximum permissible exposure level
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • 68B - Noise Pollution & Control
  • 94D - Job Environment
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