NIOSH Noise Exposure Data By Type Of Job

$179 / year

The dataset contains workplace noise measurement results collected during health hazards evaluation surveys from 1997 to 2013 for over 800 personal noise exposure assessments. The collected data about exposure are based on OSHA and NIOSH assessment criteria and are accompanied by description of location, industry, work type, working area, the activity that generates exposure, use of specific personal protective equipment as well as other variables.

Complexity

The source of data is provided by The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), whose mission is to develop new knowledge in the field of occupational safety and health and to transfer that knowledge into practice.

Health hazards evaluations (HHEs) are requested by employees, their representatives or employers, to help learn whether health hazards are present at their workplace. The scope of HHEs varies based on the requestors’ concerns and the NIOSH project officers’ professional judgment. Only noise measurement results are included in this database; however, many HHEs include evaluation of exposures other than noise. It also includes the following information: U.S. state or territory; National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) sector; facility description; type of dosimeter or sound level meter used; whether a hearing conservation program was in place; whether a hearing protection was used; whether octave band data was collected; job title; noise-generating activities; location of noise measurements; start and end date for site visit; type (full-shift, partial-shift, or task-based) and duration of noise measurement; type of noise (continuous, impulsive, or intermittent); exposure to ototoxic chemicals; and results in decibel A-weighted (dBA) and percent dose according to OSHA and NIOSH noise measurement criteria. This dataset is an ongoing project and will be updated at least yearly to add the most recent HHE noise measurement data.

All noise measurements were collected by NIOSH investigators as part of a health hazard evaluation. Data were extracted from the final report and, in some cases, augmented from investigator’s records. Administrative and observational information was extracted from the final report. The Health Hazard Evaluation Program has an extensive internal review process for its reports. Data entered into the database underwent a 10 percent random check to ensure accurate entry.

For noise exposure monitoring, NIOSH investigators used noise integrating dosimeters (Type 2). Dosimeters were typically set up to simultaneously integrate noise using three different criteria to compare noise measurement results with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) permissible exposure limit, the OSHA action level (AL), and NIOSH recommended exposure limit (REL). For area noise measurements and octave band noise frequency measurements, NIOSH investigators used integrating sound level meters (Type 1 or Type 2) and octave band noise frequency analyzers.

Because data related to measurements results in some cases were reported as singular or as interval of values (for the same variable), the lower and upper interval limits were placed in distinct fields (columns), along with singular values in each of the two fields. At the same time, in order to ensure the possibility to determine which of the values were reported as interval, a field that signals this aspect has been created.

Date Created

2015-08-19

Last Modified

2015-12-09

Version

2015-12-09

Update Frequency

Irregular

Temporal Coverage

1997-2013

Spatial Coverage

United States

Source

John Snow Labs; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health;

Source License URL

Source License Requirements

N/A

Source Citation

N/A

Keywords

Health Risk Assessment, Workplace Hazards, Sources Of Noise Exposure, Noise Level In Decibel, Hearing Protection, Hearing Conservation Program, Noise Exposure Limits, Noise Levels At Work, Noise Level Measurement, Noise Measuring Equipment

Other Titles

Occupational Health Noise Exposure Assessment By Type Of Job, Health Risk Assessment Noise Exposure Results By Type Of Job

NameDescriptionTypeConstraints
Health_Hazard_Evaluation_Report_YearThe year the specified health hazard evaluation report was issueddaterequired : 1
Health_Hazard_Evaluation_Report_NumberThe identification number of health hazard evaluation report specific to the year when it was issuednumberrequired : 1 level : Nominal
StateThe US state namestring-
State_AbbreviationThe abbreviated name of the US state it correspondsstring-
Area_Or_DepartmentWork area or department where monitored employee workedstring-
Job_TitleJob title of monitored employeestring-
Noise_Generating_ActivitiesBrief description of work activities that generated noise exposure for monitored employeestring-
NORA_SectorOne of the 8 sectors the facility corresponds, belonging to the group of 10 sectors defined by the NIOSH National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA)stringenum : Array
Facility_DescriptionBrief description of the type of work done at the facilitystring-
Dosimeter_TypeDescription of the manufacturer and model of noise dosimeter used to integrate and measure noise exposures during HHEstring-
Sound_Level_Meter_TypeDescription of the manufacturer and model of sound level meter used to measure noise levels or octave band noise frequency levelsstring-
Is_Hearing_Conservation_Program_In_PlaceIndicates whether a hearing conservation program was in placeboolean-
Is_Octave_Band_Frequency_MeasuredIndicates whether NIOSH measured octave band noise frequency during the HHEboolean-
Hearing_Protection_TypeDescription of the manufacturer(s) and brand(s) of hearing protection used by employees at the facilitystring-
Is_Hearing_Protection_UsedIndicates whether a hearing protection equipment was useboolean-
Monitoring_Start_DateThe start date for lead monitoringdate-
Monitoring_End_DateThe end date for lead monitoringdate-
Number_Of_SamplesNumber of dosimeter measurementsintegerlevel : Interval
Monitoring_TypeIndicates whether the duration of dosimetry monitoring was full-shift (7 hours or more for an 8 hour shift, for example), partial-shift or a task (sample collected only during a specific short-term task)stringenum : Array
Monitoring_DurationActual duration of noise dosimetry monitoring (hours and minutes)time-
Permissible_Limit_Single_Or_Lower_Interval_Value_DecibelTime-weighted average noise measurement result collected using OSHAnumberlevel : Ratio
Permissible_Limit_Single_Or_Upper_Interval_Value_DecibelTime-weighted average noise measurement result collected using OSHAnumberlevel : Ratio
Is_Permissible_Limit_Value_Decibel_IntervalSignals the fact that the exposure values to noise were reported as intervalbooleanlevel : Required
Permissible_Limit_Single_Or_Lower_Interval_Value_PercentTime-weighted average noise measurement results, collected using OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) criterion, expressed as percent dose rather than dBA; dose was calculated using the formula: Dose (%) = [10((TWA(dBA)-90)/16.61)*100]; a dose of ≥ to 100% means the OSHA PEL was exceeded; this field contains singular values and lower interval valuesnumberlevel : Ratio
Permissible_Limit_Single_Or_Upper_Interval_Value_PercentTime-weighted average noise measurement results, collected using OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) criterion, expressed as percent dose rather than dBA; dose was calculated using the formula: Dose (%) = [10((TWA(dBA)-90)/16.61)*100]; a dose of ≥ to 100% means the OSHA PEL was exceeded; this field contains singular values and upper interval valuesnumberlevel : Ratio
Is_Permissible_Limit_Value_Percent_IntervalSignals the fact that the exposure values to noise were reported as intervalbooleanlevel : Required
Action_Limit_Single_Or_Lower_Interval_Value_DecibelTime-weighted average noise measurement results collected using OSHA Action Limit (AL) criterion (5 dB exchange rate, 80 dB threshold) for comparison to the U.S. OSHA’s full shift (8-hour) action level of 85 dBA; this field contains singular values and lower interval valuesnumberlevel : Ratio
Action_Limit_Single_Or_Upper_Interval_Value_DecibelTime-weighted average noise measurement results collected using OSHA Action Limit (AL) criterion (5 dB exchange rate, 80 dB threshold) for comparison to the U.S. OSHA’s full shift (8-hour) action level of 85 dBA; this field contains singular values and upper interval valuesnumberlevel : Ratio
Is_Action_Limit_Value_Decibel_IntervalSignals the fact that the exposure values to noise were reported as intervalbooleanlevel : Required
Action_Limit_Single_Or_Lower_Interval_Value_PercentTime-weighted average noise measurement results, collected using OSHA Action Limit (AL) criterion, expressed as percent dose rather than dBA; dose was calculated using the formula: Dose (%) = [10((TWA(dBA)-90)/16.61)*100]; a dose of ≥ to 50% means the OSHA action level was exceeded; this field contains singular values and lower interval valuesnumberlevel : Ratio
Action_Limit_Single_Or_Upper_Interval_Value_PercentTime-weighted average noise measurement results, collected using OSHA Action Limit (AL) criterion, expressed as percent dose rather than dBA; dose was calculated using the formula: Dose (%) = [10((TWA(dBA)-90)/16.61)*100]; a dose of ≥ to 50% means the OSHA action level was exceeded; this field contains singular values and upper interval valuesnumberlevel : Ratio
Is_Action_Limit_Value_Percent_IntervalSignals the fact that the exposure values to noise were reported as intervalbooleanlevel : Required
Recommended_Limit_Single_Or_Lower_Interval_Value_DecibelTime-weighted average noise measurement results collected using NIOSHnumberlevel : Ratio
Recommended_Limit_Single_Or_Upper_Interval_Value_DecibelTime-weighted average noise measurement results collected using NIOSHnumberlevel : Ratio
Is_Recommended_Limit_Value_Decibel_IntervalSignals the fact that the exposure values to noise were reported as intervalbooleanlevel : Required
Recommended_Limit_Single_Or_Lower_Interval_Value_PercentTime-weighted average noise measurement results, collected using NIOSH Recommend Exposure Limit (REL) criterion, expressed as percent dose rather than dBA; dose was calculated using the formula: Dose (%) = [10((TWA(dBA)-85)/10.00)*100]; a dose of ≥ to 100% means the NIOSH recommended exposure limit was exceeded; this field contains singular values and lower interval valuesnumberlevel : Ratio
Recommended_Limit_Single_Or_Upper_Interval_Value_PercentTime-weighted average noise measurement results, collected using NIOSH Recommend Exposure Limit (REL) criterion, expressed as percent dose rather than dBA; dose was calculated using the formula: Dose (%) = [10((TWA(dBA)-85)/10.00)*100]; a dose of ≥ to 100% means the NIOSH recommended exposure limit was exceeded; this field contains singular values and upper interval valuesnumberlevel : Ratio
Is_Recommended_Limit_Value_Percent_IntervalSignals the fact that the exposure values to noise were reported as intervalbooleanlevel : Required
Equivalent_Continuous_Sound_DecibelTime-weighted average noise measurement results collected using Equivalent Continuous Sound Level (Leq) criterion (3 dB exchange rate, 0 dB threshold). Leq is defined as the level of a steady sound which has the same A-weighted sound energy as the time-varying soundnumberlevel : Ratio
Equivalent_Continuous_Sound_PercentTime-weighted average noise measurement results, collected using Equivalent Continuous Sound Level (Leq) criterion, expressed as percent dose rather than dBA; dose was calculated using the formula: Dose (%) = [10((TWA(dBA)-85)/10.00)*100]numberlevel : Ratio
Type_Of_NoiseThe type of noise to which the employees were exposedstringenum : Array
Workers_Exposed_To_Ototoxic_Chemicals_MonitoredIndicates whether there was an exposure of monitored workers to ototoxic chemicals at the same timestring-
Health_Hazard_Evaluation_Report_YearHealth_Hazard_Evaluation_Report_NumberStateState_AbbreviationArea_Or_DepartmentJob_TitleNoise_Generating_ActivitiesNORA_SectorFacility_DescriptionDosimeter_TypeSound_Level_Meter_TypeIs_Hearing_Conservation_Program_In_PlaceIs_Octave_Band_Frequency_MeasuredHearing_Protection_TypeIs_Hearing_Protection_UsedMonitoring_Start_DateMonitoring_End_DateNumber_Of_SamplesMonitoring_TypeMonitoring_DurationPermissible_Limit_Single_Or_Lower_Interval_Value_DecibelPermissible_Limit_Single_Or_Upper_Interval_Value_DecibelIs_Permissible_Limit_Value_Decibel_IntervalPermissible_Limit_Single_Or_Lower_Interval_Value_PercentPermissible_Limit_Single_Or_Upper_Interval_Value_PercentIs_Permissible_Limit_Value_Percent_IntervalAction_Limit_Single_Or_Lower_Interval_Value_DecibelAction_Limit_Single_Or_Upper_Interval_Value_DecibelIs_Action_Limit_Value_Decibel_IntervalAction_Limit_Single_Or_Lower_Interval_Value_PercentAction_Limit_Single_Or_Upper_Interval_Value_PercentIs_Action_Limit_Value_Percent_IntervalRecommended_Limit_Single_Or_Lower_Interval_Value_DecibelRecommended_Limit_Single_Or_Upper_Interval_Value_DecibelIs_Recommended_Limit_Value_Decibel_IntervalRecommended_Limit_Single_Or_Lower_Interval_Value_PercentRecommended_Limit_Single_Or_Upper_Interval_Value_PercentIs_Recommended_Limit_Value_Percent_IntervalEquivalent_Continuous_Sound_DecibelEquivalent_Continuous_Sound_PercentType_Of_NoiseWorkers_Exposed_To_Ototoxic_Chemicals_Monitored
200776Hammer forgeHeaterHammer strikestrue2007-05-222007-05-23Full-Shift99.2false358.0false99.599.5false746.4746.4false101.2101.2false4168.704168.70false101.24168.7Intermittent
200780Hammer forgeHeaterHammer strikes and equipment noisetrue2007-05-222007-05-23Full-Shift98.5false324.9false98.798.7false668.0668.0false99.999.9false3090.303090.30false99.93090.3Intermittent
200777Hammer forgeHeaterHammer strikes and equipment noisetrue2007-05-222007-05-23Full-Shift99.1false353.1false99.299.2false716.0716.0false100.3100.3false3388.403388.40false100.33388.4Intermittent
200778Hammer forgeHeaterHammer strikes and equipment noisetrue2007-05-222007-05-23Full-Shift99.2false358.0false99.399.3false726.0726.0false100.2100.2false3311.303311.30false100.23311.3Intermittent
200779Hammer forgeHeaterHammer strikes and equipment noisetrue2007-05-222007-05-23Full-Shift99.3false363.0false99.499.4false736.1736.1false100.0100.0false3162.303162.30false100.03162.3Intermittent
2000232GeorgiaGA515 BuildingDamper Line AssemblerOperated lockformerManufacturingAssembly facilitiesQuest Electronics Model Q-300falsefalsefalse2000-08-032000-08-03Full-Shiftfalsefalse76.976.9false16.316.3false82.482.4false55.0055.00falseContinuoustrue
199893OhioOHGate areaUsherMonster truck and motocrossServicesHot Rod Monster Truck and Motocross ShowQuest Electronics Model M-27falsefalsefalse1998-01-231998-01-23Partial-Shift03:55:0087.2false67.8falsefalsefalse94.994.9false197.20197.20falseContinuoustrue
199893OhioOHGate areaUsherMonster truck and motocrossServicesHot Rod Monster Truck and Motocross ShowQuest Electronics Model M-27falsefalsefalse1998-01-231998-01-23Partial-Shift03:50:0087.8false73.7falsefalsefalse93.993.9false171.70171.70falseContinuoustrue
199893OhioOHGate areaUsherMonster truck and motocrossServicesHot Rod Monster Truck and Motocross ShowQuest Electronics Model M-27falsefalsefalse1998-01-241998-01-24Partial-Shift03:41:0088.0false75.8falsefalsefalse95.395.3false208.50208.50falseContinuoustrue
199893OhioOHGate areaUsherMonster truck and motocrossServicesHot Rod Monster Truck and Motocross ShowQuest Electronics Model M-27falsefalsefalse1998-01-241998-01-24Partial-Shift03:39:0086.6false62.4falsefalsefalse93.193.1false153.70153.70falseContinuoustrue