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Document ID (ISN)101037
CIS number 03-398
ISSN - Serial title 1529-8663 - AIHA Journal
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Seixas N.S., Ren K., Neitzel R., Camp J., Yost M.
Title Noise exposure among construction electricians
Bibliographic information Sep.-Oct. 2001, Vol.62, No.5, p.615-621. 15 ref.
Abstract Data-logging noise dosimetry was used to assess the exposure levels of electricians working for a major electrical subcontractor in Washington State at five sites using four types of construction methods. Subjects documented their activities and work environment information throughout their work shift during the four-months of the study. Over 24% of the TWA samples exceeded 85dBA; 5.2% exceeded the OSHA permissible exposure limit of 90dBA. When using the NIOSH exposure metric, 67.8% of the samples exceeded 85dBA and 27% exceeded 90dBA. The results showed that presumably quiet occupations such as electricians are at risk of exposure to potentially harmful noise exposures, and that other workers' activities and the general environment contribute substantially to that risk. These results indicate that noise control strategies will have to address the construction work environment as an integrated system.
Descriptors (primary) electricity; construction sites; subcontractors; craft and related trades workers; building industry
Descriptors (secondary) public OSH institutions; permissible levels; Washington; noise dosimetry; exposure evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Electricity
Construction industry and civil engineering