Simple Graphical Method of Evaluation Of the Noise Exposure Index and the Equivalent Continuous Sound Level

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 71, No. 797, 1978

M. Savich, Research Scientist, Elliot Lake Laboratory, Mining Research Laboratories, CANMET, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, Elliot Lake, Ontario

A graphical method has been developed for the evaluation of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Act Noise Exposure Index and the Equivalent Continuous Sound Level. The method makes use of a noise survey form and a mechanical integrator with two sliders, and is less tedious and susceptible to error than alternative methods.The graphical method is adaptable to various codes for noise exposure and may be used with any instrument that measures noise level. One example of its application to a practical situation in a Canadian mine is given to demonstrate the procedure.
Keywords: Noise exposure, Sound levels, Safety, Health, Standards, Underground mining, Crushers.