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Hearing loss prevention programs control of Curitiba (HLPP).

Authors
Cavalli-RCM; Morata-TC; Marques-JM
Source
Rev Bras Otorrinolaringol 2004 May-Jun; 70(3)(Part 1):368-377
NIOSHTIC No.
20025469
Abstract
The objective of this study is to examine if the hearing loss prevention practices in industries located in the greater Curitiba area are meeting legal requirements and scientific recommendations. The study design is a Transversal cohort. A questionnaire prepared by the American National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH, in 1996, for auditing hearing loss prevention programs (HLPP) was used as an instrument for data collection. This instrument has 89 questions, divided in eight themes about the following aspects of HLPP programs: training and education, supervisor involvement, noise measurement, engineering and administrative controls, monitoring audiometry, record keeping, referrals, hearing protections devices and administrative aspects. The data was collected through interviews with occupational physicians, engineers and/or safety technicians. The industries were divided in two groups: one composed of industries with HLPPs and another without HLPPs. No significant difference was observed between groups and both meet, in part, the legal requirements for hearing loss prevention. Questions about practices that exceed the legal requirements indicated that industries with HLPPs dedicated greater efforts to hearing loss prevention. Through the data analysis, we could identify the strengths and weaknesses of the HLPP programs in this region of Brazil. This information can lead to the proposal of more effective preventive measures and legislation revisions.
Keywords
Hearing-conservation; Hearing-loss; Questionnaires; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Training; Education; Work-practices; Noise-control; Noise-measurement; Hearing-protection; Supervisory-personnel; Author Keywords: prevention; noise-induced hearing loss; NIHL; noise
Publication Date
20040501
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
revista@sborl.org.br
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
1806-9312
NIOSH Division
DART
Priority Area
Disease and Injury: Hearing Loss
Source Name
Revista Brasileira de Otorrinolaringologia
State
OH
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