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Product Noise Level Declaration/Labeling Charles S. Hayden II, MS, PE U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service Centers for Disease.

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1 Product Noise Level Declaration/Labeling Charles S. Hayden II, MS, PE U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Disclaimer: The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Mention of company names of products does not constitute endorsement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NIOSH.

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4 Prevention Focus on whole populations. Broad impact. Includes healthy policies to support/regulate: –Education Hand washing. Surgeon General’s warning on tobacco products. Food labeling. –Clean air/water. EPA regulations. –Driving safety. Restricting driving hours of younger drivers.

5 Educating the Public on Hearing Loss Causes. Consequences. Methods of Prevention. Broad scope to cover –Many various types of noise exposures. –Complexity. Resources. 1 in 10 Americans affected.

6 Policies and Regulations Currently very little regulation of noise. New York City Department of Environmental Protection Noise Regulations. Implementation of Buy Quiet and Quiet-by- Design programs. –DoD Safety and Health Procurement specifications. –NASA

7 Engineering Contributions Provide quieter products. Provide noise level information. –Publicly available. –Labels on hazardous noise producing equipment/tools/machinery. Within reach of the engineering community. –Educate our organizations. –Head off regulation or be first at the table. Shape the future. Be proactive in noise control.

8 Prevention Thru Design (PtD) or Quiet-By- Design Make “quiet” available. Products and processes. Passive protection. –No action required on the part of the user.

9 Product label Hearing protector label Labeling

10 Buy Quiet Go Green! Market the quieter products as such. –NYC vendor list Encourage “quiet”. –Workplace. –Communities. –Suppliers/Customers

11 Legislation NYC DEP Noise Regs. –Construction sites, music from bar/restaurants, cars, motorcycles, AC units, music, garbage trucks, ice cream trucks, and animals. –Chicago? Seattle? Vancouver? Revived OSHA mandates? –Construction. Shape the future. U.S. Department of LaborU.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health AdministrationOccupational Safety & Health Administration

12 Noise Level Test Standards Ethical revision. –Noise level tests accomplished for the operational or most hazardous condition. Organizations/individuals.

13 Summary Hearing loss continues to be a major illness/injury in America. First step is educating the public. –Noise level labeling/declaration. Buy Quiet and Quiet-by-design. Legislation. Standards revisions

14 Questions? CDR Chuck Hayden

15 NYC DEP Strategy Proactive Proactive Avoidance of Noise Proactive Avoidance of Noise Noise Mitigation Plans Noise Mitigation Plans “Cure Periods” “Cure Periods” Technical Assistance Available Technical Assistance Available Product & Vendor Guidance Sheet Product & Vendor Guidance Sheet Reactive Reactive Enforcement Ability (DEP Noise Inspectors) Reactive Enforcement Ability (DEP Noise Inspectors) Noise Compliance Readings (per FWHA RCNM) Noise Compliance Readings (per FWHA RCNM) Fines / Possible Stop Work Orders Fines / Possible Stop Work Orders

16 NYC DEP Support Container (Conex Box) Barriers Croton Water Treatment Plant Bronx, NY (2005) Zo-Air Jackhammer Noise Muffler Demonstration test (-7 to -9 dBA) Manhattan, NY

17 Product & Vendor Guidance Sheet

18 Updated New York City Noise Code NYC DEP Website: Construction Noise Rules Construction Noise Rules Sample Noise Mitigation Plans Sample Noise Mitigation Plans Product & Vendor Guidance Sheet Product & Vendor Guidance Sheet


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