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     62-9-2.   Definition of terms. Terms used in this chapter mean:
             (1)      "Occupational loss of hearing," a permanent sensorineural loss of hearing caused by prolonged exposure to excessive noise in the working environment;
             (2)      "Excessive noise," sound in the working environment capable of producing occupational loss of hearing. Sound of an intensity of less than ninety decibels, "A scale, slow response', is considered incapable of producing occupational hearing losses as defined in this chapter. Regular exposure to the noise levels set forth below for periods less than those described for such levels does not constitute an exposure to excessive noise:
Noise Levels       Periods  
A Scale, Slow Response    
90 DB   8 hours per day  
92 DB   6 hours per day  
95 DB   4 hours per day  
97 DB   3 hours per day  
100 DB   2 hours per day  
105 DB   1 hour per day  
110 DB   30 minutes per day  
115 DB   15 minutes per day  
Greater than 115 DB   No exposure recommended  

Source: SL 1986, ch 427, ยง 2.


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