Some important excerpts from the guide include:
"Noise is one of the most pervasive health hazards in
mining. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
has identified occupational noise-induced hearing loss as one of the ten
leading work-related diseases and injuries. MSHA estimated that 13% of the
mining population of the United States (about 37,000) would develop
material hearing impairment during their working lifetime under the
previous noise standards.
"Section 62.130 of the rule requires all mine operators to use all feasible engineering and administrative noise controls to reduce miners' noise exposures within the PEL without adjustment for the use of hearing protectors. Until now, this requirement has applied only to metal and nonmetal mines."
"You can choose either engineering controls or administrative controls, or a combination of both, as long as the controls you choose reduce the miner's noise exposures to the PEL. If a single control method fails to reduce exposure to the PEL, you must use both feasible engineering and administrative controls as necessary to reduce exposure to the PEL. When administrative controls are used, you must post the procedures for the controls and provide a copy to the affected miners."
eNoise Control can assist your Mine's effort with noise consulting and engineering controls. We have experience in mine applications, MSHA rules and the hazards of noise that are pervasive in your work environments. Unger can offer noise enclosures for compressors, sound curtain partitions, silencers for blowers, and other engineering control measures for your facility.
Please call today to discuss your noise control needs at your mine facility.
eNoise Control, 297 North 9th Street, Noblesville, IN 46060