POCKET GUIDE REVIEW
is a major occupational hazard. Short term effects
of noise exposure include temporary hearing loss, stress,
annoyance, difficulty in verbal communication, and safety
hazards. The primary long-term health effect of noise
exposure is permanent hearing loss. Both short-term
and long-term effects can be prevented by timely recognition,
evaluation and control of noise exposure.
If you're a worker, supervisor, employer, health
and safety committee member or industrial hygienist,
this guide provides an overview of the methods of recognition,
evaluation and control of workplace noise exposure.
Topics covered include: a review of the units and measures
of noise; methods of measuring noise level and noise
exposure; instruments used to measure noise; the relationship
between noise exposure and risk of hearing loss; noise
exposure limits; engineering methods of noise control;
and the effectiveness of hearing protectors. Basic components
of a hearing conservation.
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