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Industrial noise and worker medical, absence, and accident records.

Authors
Raytheon Service Company
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Health Services and Mental Health Administration, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health,, RR-17, 1972 Jun; :1-306
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00020649
Abstract
Report of a study conducted to evaluate the hypothesis that prolonged exposure to high level noise in the workplace has a degrading effect on the health, safety, and overall well-being of exposed workers. Entries in the medical, accident, and attendance records of 520 workers maintained over a recent 5-year period in which they were exposed to high-level occupational noise (in excess of 95 decibels) are compared with those kept for 514 other workers who were exposed to low-level noise (below 80 decibels) at work over the same 5-year period. Additional comparisons by age, length of job experience, work shift, and specific occupations are made. Statistical analyses reveal significantly greater frequencies of accidents, health disturbances, and absences in the high versus the low noise-exposed group of workers from the larger of the two plant complexes tested. In terms of specific types of medical problems exhibited by workers, diagnosed respiratory and allergic/dermatological ailments and subjective complaints of a neurological and gastro-intestinal nature are found to predominate in workers exposed to high level noise. The need for concentrating on these types of health disturbances in future studies is indicated. The overall results of the present study suggest support to the initially stated hypothesis.
Keywords
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-099-71-0006; Noise-control; Medical-records; High-level-noise; Noise-levels; Hearing-disorders; Skin-disorders; Physiological-effects; Respiratory-disorders; Statistical-analysis; Accidents; Absenteeism
Publication Date
19720601
Document Type
Other
Funding Type
Contract
Fiscal Year
1972
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-166315
NTIS Price
A06
Identifying No.
RR-17; Contract-099-71-0006
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MA; OH
Performing Organization
Raytheon Service Company
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