Presentation Title
Industrial Noise: Monitoring, Evaluation, & Control
 
About the Presentation

This session will provide an analysis of industrial noise in a workplace from a student’s perspective. The presentation will begin with the basics of noise, then progress to real world scenarios that recent graduates may face. Next, the methods of noise recognition will be discussed. The presentation will then explain how noise levels and time-weighted averages are evaluated. To conclude, the implementation of cost-effective control methods will be presented.

Abstract:  Noise is a serious concern for worker health in industrial environments. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that not protecting employees from hearing damage resulted in a total of $1.5 million dollars in penalties annually. Employers in the U.S. also incur increased insurance premiums from claims. It has been estimated that another $242 million has been paid out in Worker's Compensation disability benefits annually (DOL). In our presentation, questions will be answered such as, what is noise? How does the anatomy and physiology of the ear relate to industrial noise? How much is too much noise in a workplace? Also, how is nose reduced or controlled? In addition to these, the findings of a detailed noise survey and heat map of a local business will be presented. Recommendations for control measures will also be discussed to mitigate any possible issues.

 
The Presenters
Tom Stenulis, Undergraduate Student, Millersville University
 
Presenter Biography

Mr. Stenulis is currently a senior at Millersville University in the Occupational Safety and Environmental Health program. Tom will be graduating December 2018. He is currently working as an EH&S Intern at Ames Industries, Inc. Tom has also worked in quality control, customer service, and the construction industry for a period of time. He is working towards his Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) certification and a Master’s degree in Industrial Hygiene.

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Presenter
Kara Fuller, Undergraduate Student, Millersville University  
Presenter Biography

Ms. Fuller is a senior at Millersville University in the Occupational Safety and Environmental Health program. Kara has worked as a Safety Intern for the Bureau of Environmental Management for the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs. She is also a Sergeant in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Kara will be graduating December 2018. She is working towards her Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) certification and a Master’s degree in Industrial Hygiene.

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