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Cleaning Noise Quiz
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1. Hospital workers were asked to list the major sources of facility noise. Of the following, which was considered the noisiest?
A. Cleaning and maintenance equipment
B. Hospital staff talking
C. Patients
D. External traffic noise
E. External public works (construction)
2. In a healthcare study, workers cited the nosiest culprits in their hospitals. Which do you think were most often mentioned?
A. Hallway conversations
B. Telephones ringing
C. Vacuum cleaners
D. Call buttons
3. The term "decibels" (dB) is used to measure noise levels with "0" the softest and 120 (or higher) the loudest. Of the following, which has the highest decibel rating?
A. Lawn mowers
B. Vacuum Cleaners
C. Hand-held hair dryers
D. An alarm clock
E. They are all about the same
4. How loud is the average vacuum cleaner?
A. 50-75 dB
B. 60-85 dB
C. 70-80 dB
D. More than 80 decibels
5. How loud must noise be to begin interfering with thinking?
A. 50-75 dB
B. 60-85 dB
C. 70-80 dB
D. More than 80 decibels
6. Certain no-touch or spray-and-vac cleaning equipment produces less than 65 dB of sound. This is about how loud?
A. The sound of a wall air conditioner 50 feet away
B. Soft or normal conversation
C. A sewing machine
D. All of these
E. None of these
7. In which of the following cleaning systems is cleaning noise a major concern?
A. Specialist Cleaning
B. Collaborative Cleaning
C. Day Cleaning
D. All of these
E. None of these
8. Which of the following types of vacuum cleaners are often the quietest?
A. Uprights
B. Backpacks
C. Canisters
D. They are all about the same
9. One college decided to find the nosiest locations/sources on campus. What do you think the study revealed?
A. School cafeterias and hand-held hair dryers were the nosiest.
B. Loud car radios, construction work, and vacuum cleaners were the loudest.
C. Vacuum cleaners, loud car radios, and dormitory stereos were the loudest.
D. Building construction on campus was by far the noisiest culprit on campus.
10. For cleaning workers, long-term exposure to noise above 80 decibels on a daily basis can cause hearing loss. In a situation like this, what are the best steps to take to prevent hearing loss?
A. Wear earplugs while working.
B. Work for short periods, stop, and then resume.
C. Select cleaning equipment that is quieter, 65 dB or less.
D. Drown out the noise by turning on radios while working.