Webinar: Managing Noise Exposure Data Management for Extended Work Shifts – What are the Options?
Presented by: Dennis P. Driscoll, P.E., Brd. Cert. in Noise Control, FAIHA
Recorded On: Tuesday, July 7, 2020
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Determining employee time-weighted average noise exposures for facilities with 8-hour work shifts is a fairly straightforward procedure. However, confusion often reigns when extended work shifts (e.g., 10-hour, 12-hour workdays) exist. To handle exposure data for workdays greater than 8 hours there are at least three viable options. The data may be normalized to an 8-hour day for direct comparison to the applicable regulation criteria, the average sound level may be compared to a sliding-scale criteria, or the full-shift projected dose may be utilized. This webinar shall demonstrate through example how to appropriately manage the data, plus describe the pros and cons of each method. No CEUs will be offered for this webinar.
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Dennis P. Driscoll, P.E.
President and Principal Consultant
Driscoll Acoustics, LLC.
Dennis has both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from North Carolina State University. Since 1980, his specialties in acoustics include measurement of equipment noise levels and employee noise exposures, the design of engineering controls, and environmental surveys. From 1980-1988 he managed Amoco and BP Corporation’s hearing conservation program and has been an acoustical consultant to industry since 1988.
Toward professional certification, he is a registered Professional Engineer and a Board-Certified Noise Control Engineer. He is a Past President of the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), a Fellow Member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), and past Chair of the AIHA Noise Committee. Dennis has over 20 technical publications, including 8 book chapters. Finally, Dennis is one of the Editors and participating authors of The Noise Manual, 5th and 6th Editions, by AIHA.