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Use of hearing protection and perceptions of noise exposure and hearing loss among construction workers.

Authors
Lusk-SL; Kerr-MJ; Kauffman-SA
Source
Am Ind Hyg Assoc J 1998 Jul; 59(7):466-470
NIOSHTIC No.
20030572
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to describe construction workers' use of hearing protection devices (HPDs) and determine their perceptions of noise exposure and hearing loss. Operating engineers, carpenters, and plumbers/pipe fitters in the Midwest (n = 400) completed a written questionnaire regarding their use of HPDs and their perceptions of noise exposure and hearing loss. Subjects were recruited through their trade union groups. Mean reported use of HPDs and mean perceived noise exposure were compared across trade groups. Bivariate and multivariate analysis techniques were used to assess relationships between use of HPDs and trade category, education, age, years of employment, noise exposure, and hearing loss. Bivariate analyses identified significant differences in mean use of HPDs by age, years of employment, and trade group. Multivariate logistic regression assessing the independent effects of these variables found significant differences only by trade group. Results indicate a need for significant improvement in all three trade groups' use of HPDs, and suggest a need to consider use and exposure levels, demographics, and trade group membership in designing hearing conservation programs.
Keywords
Hearing; Hearing-protection; Hearing-loss; Noise; Noise-exposure; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health; Workers; Worker-health; Questionnaires; Ear-protection; Ear-protectors; Author Keywords: construction workers; hearing loss; hearing protection devices; noise exposure
Contact
School of Nursing, Health Promotion and Risk Reduction Program, University of Michigan, 400 N. Ingalls, Room 3160, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0482
CODEN
AIHAAP
Publication Date
19980701
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
683954
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1998
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-003136
Issue of Publication
7
ISSN
0002-8894
Priority Area
Noise-induced-hearing-loss
Source Name
American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
State
MI
Performing Organization
University of Michigan, School of Nursing, Ann Arbor, Michigan
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