Occupational noise exposure in the high school music practice room

  • B. Gastmeier HGC Engineering, Mississauga, Ont., Canada
  • D. Pernu
  • M. Chasin
Keywords: acoustic noise, biological effects of acoustic radiation, health hazards, music, music practice room, educational facility, high school music room, personal dosimetry, engineering measurements, daily noise exposure, Occupational Health and Safety Act, hearing risk criteria, architectural acoustic design


Occupational noise is most often considered potentially hazardous in industrial workplaces or on construction sites. Another workplace where high sound levels commonly exist is the music practice room of an educational facility. Measurements were performed of the sound levels produced during two instruction periods in a high school music room. Both personal dosimetry and engineering measurements were performed. Through analysis, the typical daily noise exposure of the instructor was determined and was found to exceed the guidelines provided in the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The implications of this excess in terms of hearing risk criteria and architectural acoustic design are discussed
How to Cite
Gastmeier B, Pernu D, Chasin M. Occupational noise exposure in the high school music practice room. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 1994Sep.1 [cited 2020Feb.20];22(3):37-8. Available from: //jcaa.caa-aca.ca/index.php/jcaa/article/view/838
Proceedings of the Acoustics Week in Canada