Noise exposure among federal wildland fire fighters
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): George A. Broyles; Corey Butler; Chucri A. Kardous
Publication Year: 2017

Cataloging Information

  • firefighter safety
  • hearing impairment
  • hearing loss
  • noise
  • occupational health
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Record Last Modified: April 7, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 61011


Wildland fire fighters use many tools and equipment that produce noise levels that may be considered hazardous to hearing. This study evaluated 174 personal dosimetry measurements on 156 wildland fire fighters conducting various training and fire suppression tasks. Noise exposures often exceeded occupational exposure limits and suggest that wildland fire fighters may be at risk of developing noise-induced hearing loss, particularly those operating chainsaws, chippers, and masticators. The authors recommend a comprehensive approach to protecting these fire fighters that includes purchasing quieter equipment, noise and administrative controls, and enrolling these fire fighters into a hearing conservation program.

Online Link(s):
Broyles, George; Butler, Corey R.; Kardous, Chucri A. 2017. Noise exposure among federal wildland fire fighters. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 141(2):177-183.