Noise Control in Industry

1st Edition

A Practical Guide

Authors: Nicholas P. Cheremisinoff
Hardcover ISBN: 9780815513995
eBook ISBN: 9780815518440
Imprint: William Andrew
Published Date: 31st December 1996
Page Count: 203
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Damage from noise exposure of sufficient intensity and duration is well established and hearing loss may be temporary or permanent. Fortunately, noise exposure can be controlled and technology exists to reduce the hazards. Aside from employer/employee concern with the inherent hazards of noise, added attention has been brought to focus on the subject through regulatory requirements. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) every employer is legally responsible for providing a workplace free of hazards such as excessive noise. It has been estimated that 14 million US workers are exposed to hazardous noise.

This book is presented as an overview summary for employers, workers, and supervisors interested in workplace noise and its control. We believe that in order to understand and control noise it is not necessary to be highly technical. Noise problems can quite often be solved by the people who are directly affected. Presented is an overview of noise, the regulations concerning its control, an explanation of specific principles, and a discussion of some particular techniques.


Employers, workers, and supervisors interested in workplace noise and its control.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to Sound and Noise Effects of Noise Human Exposure and Response Physics of Sound Relationship of Sound Pressure, Sound Power and Sound Intensity Frequency of Sound Duration of Sound Nomenclature References
  2. Industrial Noise Control-An Overview Low-Cost Solutions for Noise Control Master Plans Sound Control Principles Example Material Selection References
  3. Noise Control Regulations The Noise Control Act as Amended by the Quiet Communities Act State Environmental Noise Programs Occupational Safety and Health Act 1974 OSHA Proposal to Amend Noise Standard Hearing Conservation Program Rules State Workman's Compensation Laws Abbreviations References Note Added in Proof: OSHA Regulatory Changes
  4. Noise Analysis Microphone Designs Sound Fields Microphones and the Acoustical Environment Microphone Accessories Frequency Weighting Sound Level Meters Calibration Integrating Sound Level Meters Noise Dosimeters Frequency Analyzers Amplitude Distribution Analyzers Related Vibration Measurements References
  5. Vibration Analysis and Instrumentation Instrumentation Vibration Meters Vibration Analyzers Vibration Signature Analysis Data at Startup Vibration Severity Measured in Velocity Strobe Light Analysis The ""Big Four"" Sources of Vibration Concl


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About the Author

Nicholas P. Cheremisinoff

Affiliations and Expertise

United States Agency for International Development