A dosimeter is like a sound level meter except that it stores sound level

A dosimeter is like a sound level meter except that

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A dosimeter is like a sound level meter except that it stores sound level measurements and integrates these measurements over time, providing an average noise exposure reading for a given period of time, such as an 8-hour workday. With a dosimeter, a microphone is attached to the employee's clothing and the exposure measurement is simply read at the end of the desired time period. A reader may be used to read-out the dosimeter's measurements. Since the dosimeter is worn by the employee, it measures noise levels in those locations in which the employee travels. A sound level meter can also be positioned within the immediate vicinity of the exposed worker to obtain an individual exposure estimate. Such procedures are generally referred to as "personal" noise monitoring . (OSHA, n.d.). In a factory area monitoring or using a sound level meter would be appropriate if the employee are not moving around and the sound level remains constant throughout the workday. However, since most employees move about during their day and the noise exposure has a tendency to fluctuate, then the use of a dosimeter or “personal monitoring” would be a better approach to get a better estimate of the noise exposure to the employees. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (1996, March 7). Occupational Health and Environmental Control, 1910.195 App G. Retrieved from - regs/regulations/standardnumber/1910/1910.95AppG
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  • Spring '14
  • Bullock
  • Occupational safety and health, Sound pressure, Dosimeter, sound level meters

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