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Interested in learning more about noise levels of power tools as they are used on the job? The NIOSH Power Tools Database contains sound power levels, sound pressure levels, and vibrations data for a variety of common power tools that have been tested by researchers. This database also contains downloadable exposure and wave files, as well as links to the NIOSH Hearing Protector Compendium to assist employers and workers in choosing appropriate hearing protection.

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Power Tools Database

Choose one of the tools below to view sound specifications.
Belt Sander icon Circular Saw icon Drill icon Grinder icon
Hammer Drill icon Impact Wrench icon Jig Saw icon Miter Saw icon
Orbital Sander icon Reciprocating Saw icon Screw Driver icon



The NIOSH database does not include a comprehensive list of manufacturers or products for these categories; the products and manufacturers listed in the database were chosen based on criteria such as the most sold and power tools that were available for purchase online and in retail stores as of 2011. NIOSH conducted tests on the decibel levels and functionality of each product in a certified lab, and used standard testing procedures. This database serves as a demonstration project and mention of any company or product is for informational purposes and does not constitute endorsement by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In addition, citations to websites external to NIOSH do not constitute NIOSH endorsement of the sponsoring organizations or their programs or products. Furthermore, NIOSH is not responsible for the content of these websites. All web addresses referenced in this document were accessible as of the publication date. The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
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