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Volume IV - 13.10 Sound

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Orientation and Training

Food and Drug Administration


Section 13 - Engineering

EFFECTIVE DATE: 10-01-03REVISED: 02-14-13

A. Objective

To introduce the trainee to the principles of sound and acoustic measurement.

B. Assignment

The trainer will present the fundamentals of sound and its detection and measurement.  Areas to be covered include:

  • acoustical transducers,
  • decibels,
  • frequency spectrum,
  • "weighting" of sound measurements,
  • measurement of sound pressure levels, and
  • "noise" hazards and typical sound levels.

The trainee will be expected to become familiar with the use of sound measuring equipment through assigned exercises.