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Subchapter 7. General Industry Safety Orders
Group 15. Occupational Noise
Article 105. Control of Noise Exposure

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§5096. Exposure Limits for Noise.

(a) Protection against the effects of noise exposure shall be provided when the sound levels exceed those shown in Table N-1 of this section when measured on the A-scale of a standard sound level meter at slow response.

(b) When employees are subjected to sound levels exceeding those listed in Table N-1 of this section, feasible administrative or engineering controls shall be utilized. If such controls fail to reduce sound levels within the levels of the table, personal protective equipment shall be provided and used to reduce sound levels within the levels of the table.



          Table N-1 Permissible Noise Exposure1


      Permitted Duration             Permitted Duration
Sound     Per Workday          per Workday
Level      (hours-             Sound Level  (hours-
(dBA)      minutes)     hours   (dBA)       minutes)   hours

90........... 8-0...... 8.00     103......... 1-19.... 1.32
91........... 6-58..... 6.96     104.......... 1-9.... 1.15
92........... 6-4...... 6.06     105.......... 1-0.... 1.00
93........... 5-17..... 5.28     106......... 0-52.... 0.86
94........... 4-36..... 4.60     107......... 0-46.... 0.76
95........... 4-0...... 4.00     108......... 0-40.... 0.66
96........... 3-29..... 3.48     109......... 0-34.... 0.56
97........... 3-2...... 3.03     110......... 0-30.... 0.50
98........... 2-38..... 2.63     111......... 0-26.... 0.43
99........... 2-18..... 2.30     112......... 0-23.... 0.38
100.......... 2-0...... 2.00     113......... 0-20.... 0.33
101.......... 1-44..... 1.73     114......... 0-17.... 0.28
102.......... 1-31..... 1.52     115......... 0-15.... 0.25

1 When the daily noise exposure is composed of two or more periods of noise exposure of different levels, their combined effect should be considered, rather than the individual effect of each. If the sum of the following fractions: C1/T1 + C2/T2 . . . Cn/Tn exceeds unity, then, the mixed exposure should be considered to exceed the limit value. Cn indicates the total time of exposure at a specified noise level, and Tn indicates the total time of exposure permitted at that level.

(c) If the variations in noise level involve maxima at intervals of 1 second or less, the noise is to be considered continuous.

(d) Exposure to impulsive or impact noise should not exceed 140 dB peak sound pressure level.

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NOTE: Authority and reference cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code.

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