Gene McIntosh wrote:
>> Can anyone suggest a source for guidlelines on sound exposure levels in
> the office work environment.
>> Thanks in advance
>>mcintosh at moffitt.usf.eduIt depends on what your criteria are. You should never have noise
levels in an office that would be damaging to hearing. If levels were
that high you would not be able to have normal office conversations.
OSHA requires a hearing conservation program when A-weighted overall
levels average 85 dB or more over 8 hours, or equivalent for longer
periods. In normal offices, we try to keep steady A-weighted levels
below about 48-50 dB. Above this level people will begin raising their
voice or complaining. This is a desirable level for open-plan offices
because it assists privacy. Lower levels around 42 dB are desirable for
most closed offices, or 37 dB for larger executive offices. Frequently
occurring intermittent noises should not be above about 55 dB. Higher
levels are often accepted in industrial offices adjacent to