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Industrial noise and hearing conservation.

Authors
Byrne-DC; Michael-KL; Tufts-JB
Source
Patty's Industrial Hygiene, Sixth Edition, Volume 1. Rose VE, Cohrrsen B, & Patty FA, eds., Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2011 Jan; 1:1507-1564
NIOSHTIC No.
20038214
Abstract
Exposure to industrial noise and the resulting effect of occupational hearing loss is a common problem across nearly all industries. High noise levels also interfere with verbal communication and warning signals, which can have a significant impact on safety and work performance. Additionally, noise can be considered a source of stress for workers, producing unwanted physiological and psychological effects that can lead to a degraded quality of life. Typically, noise-induced hearing loss develops slowly, and usually goes unnoticed until a significant impairment has occurred. Fortunately, occupational hearing loss is nearly always preventable. Preventing noise-induced hearing loss benefits the employer as well as the individual employees.Aneffective hearing conservation program promotes good labor-management relations, which can lead to increased morale and productivity. Employers enjoy the benefits of reduced medical expenses and worker compensation payments, and employees can expect to maintain their hearing health into their retirement years.
Keywords
Hearing-disorders; Hearing-loss; Hearing-protection; Noise-exposure; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Noise-levels; Psychological-effects; Warning-devices; Warning-systems; Work-environment; Worker-health; Worker-motivation; Workers; Work-operations; Work-practices
Publication Date
20110101
Document Type
Book or book chapter
Editors
Rose-VE; Cohrrsen-B; Patty-FA
Fiscal Year
2011
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
9780470074848
NIOSH Division
DART
Source Name
Patty's Industrial Hygiene, Sixth Edition, Volume 1
State
OH
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