Construction Worker Noise Exposure Assessment

Rick with an excavator - construction site preparationBetween 1997 and 2011, Rick Neitzel evaluated noise and hearing loss in the construction industry with Dr. Noah Seixas at the University of Washington. This work took place as part of a 10-year prospective study of hearing loss among young construction workers and a 3-year intervention designed to explore potential methods for increasing the use of hearing protection in the construction industry. These grants were funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The research conducted involved the collection of well over 1,000 full-shift measurements of construction workers’ occupational noise exposure levels; assessments of how often – and how well – construction workers use hearing protection; development and evaluation of different types of hearing protection interventions; assessment of nonoccupational noise exposures; exploration of different methods for assessing noise exposures; and evaluation of how well construction workers recall their past exposures.

Links to specific published papers and study-related documents can be found below, and related training documents may be found at the Training tab.