Occupational noise exposure in the high school music practice room
AbstractOccupational 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
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