Noise Exposure in Richmond, Kentucky

Whitney Luther, Eastern Kentucky University


Noise exposure, hearing loss and the other associated health effects are carefully monitored issue in industries. However, there are some occupations where noise exposure goes unchecked. The purpose of this research project was to measure the personal noise levels bartenders and other employees of bars were exposed to in popular venues in Richmond, Kentucky. Noise surveys were conducted in four bars which attract the college age crowd. Surveys were conducted on evenings when the specific bars are known to attract the large crowd. The bars were found to have a noise range of 90 dBA-101 dBA. All recorded noise levels exceeded regulations and required hearing protection for the employees, yet none were observed. There is a wide variety of options that the bars can explore to reduce the noise levels; for both the purpose of compliance and protection of employee health.