Health Hazard Evaluation Report HETA 81-059-1045; Newburgh Fire Department Newburgh, New York [open pdf - 6MB]
"In October, 1980, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) was requested by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) on behalf of Local 589, IAFF to evaluate reported hearing losses from noise exposure in fire fighting operations in the Newburgh Fire Department, Newburgh, New York. [...] On the basis of the study findings, NIOSH concludes that the fire fighters are being exposed to high noise levels in light of the intensity values found during the simulated runs, and do show large amounts of hearing loss. NIOSH, however, does recommend that further research be conducted to investigate the relationship of fire fighters' noise exposures and the apparent hearing loss observed. The recommendations given in Section VIII of this report are based on reducing noise exposure alone and thus may have to be altered or added to as further research is conducted."
HETA # 81-059-1045; Health Evaluation and Technical Assistance Report Number 81-059-1045
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