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Noise Exposure Assessment of an Ohio Farm Family: A Pilot Project

by Witherspoon, Melisa

Abstract (Summary)
Noise exposure assessment monitoring was conducted for a farm family during each of the three farm seasons, harvesting, growing, and planting. Sound exposure levels for each participant were compared to the OSHA-PEL and ACGIH-TLV. None of the participants exposure, during any task exceeded the OSHA-PEL of 90 dB(A) 8h-TWA. The adolescent in the study was exposed to noise in excess of the ACGIH-TLV during one farming event. The farmer was exposed to noise in excess of the ACGIH-TLV on 7 of 22 farming days and during various tasks. Hearing protection was not used by any of the participants. The findings confirm that if farmers were regulated as other occupations, farm workers would have to be included in a hearing protection program.
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School:University of Toledo Health Science Campus

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:agriculture noise

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Date of Publication:01/01/2006

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