HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT NOISE HAZARDS

PROLONGED EXPOSURE OF PERSONNEL TO THE INTENSE NOISE PRODUCED BY DIESEL-POWERED HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT CAN CAUSE PARTIAL DEAFNESS. BOTH LEVEL AND FREQUENCY OF A NOISE MUST BE CONSIDERED IN DETERMINING THE PROBABLE EFFECT ON HEARING. THE SUSCEPTIBILITY OF INDIVIDUALS TO NOISE-INDUCED HEARING LOSS VARIES WIDELY. THE NOISE-INDUCED HEARING LOSS ACCUMULATES GRADUALLY AND IS PERMANENT AND CANNOT BE CORRECTED BY ANY KNOWN MEDICAL TREATMENT OR BY USING A HEARING AID. IT IS A COMPENSABLE OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE IN MANY JURISDICTIONS, AND SOME STATES HAVE ADOPTED REGULATIONS INTENDED TO CONTROL OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURES THAT CAN CAUSE IT. THE BEST METHOD OF PREVENTION IS TO ELIMINATE HARMFUL NOISE EXPOSURES BY ENGINEERING METHODS OR OPERATING PROCEDURES. WHERE THESE MEASURES FAIL, PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT CAN BE USED.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 1-5
  • Monograph Title: Highway equipment studies, construction management, noise and air pollution bibliography
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00219353
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 29 1994 12:00AM