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Title: Profiles of noise exposure levels in South African mining
Authors: Edwards, A
Dekker, JJ
Franz, RM
Van Dyk, T
Banyini, A
Keywords: Noise exposure
Noise induced hearing loss
NIHL
Mining
Mine health
Metallurgy
South African mining
Issue Date: May-2011
Publisher: Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Citation: Edwards, A, Dekker, JJ, Franz, RM et al. 2011. Profiles of noise exposure levels in South African mining. Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Vol 11, pp 315-322
Series/Report no.: Workflow request;3406
Abstract: This two-year study focused on current noise exposure levels in the South African mining industry, aimed at helping the Mine Health and Safety Council of South Africa meet its milestones for eliminating noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). A multi-task methodology was adapted from international baseline studies to determine the exposure to noise in both large-scale and small- to medium-scale mines. Results showed that on average, 66.7 per cent of the employees sampled in year 1 and 78.4 per cent in year 2 were exposed to noise levels of above the 85 dBA legislated occupational exposure level. The conclusion was made that information obtained through the study could be developed into a national personal noise exposure database, including audiometric results, equipment noise emission levels and initiatives for noise engineering control by mines and equipment manufacturers to facilitate targets of eliminating NIHL.
Description: Copyright: 2011 Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. This is a pre print version of the paper. The definitive version is published in the Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Vol 111, pp 315-322
URI: http://www.saimm.co.za/Journal/v111n05p315.pdf
http://hdl.handle.net/10204/5220
ISSN: 0038-223X
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