Occupational hearing loss - preface.
Occup Med: State of the Art Rev 1995 Jul; 10(3):XI
This text is being published and released during the 25th year of the United States Department of Labor's April 27, 1971, Occupational Noise Exposure Standard. This volume also comes at a time when legislators in the United States are proposing reductions in safety and health budgets, staff, and mandates that can result in rolling back the progress made in preventing occupational hearing loss and other occupational injuries or deaths. Noise is the most common occupational hazard. The probability for sustaining a job-related hearing loss increases when worker noise exposures are combined with other factors, such as chemicals, extreme temperatures, and vibration. There are indications that, in some situations, confounding factors may result in hearing loss despite noise exposure levels below the currently recommended exposure limits (e.g. combined noise and ototoxic chemical exposures). In light of these findings, hearing conservation practices may need to be augmented and used in more occupational settings to prevent work-related hearing loss. The chapters in this book chronicle the origins and progress of hearing conservation as well as identify the direction in which future efforts should be channeled to prevent occupational hearing loss.
Biological-effects; Exposure-assessment; Exposure-levels; Exposure-methods; Occupational-exposure; Risk-analysis; Statistical-analysis; Work-environment; Worker-health; Workplace-studies
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DBBS, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226
Occupational Medicine: State of the Art Reviews. Occupational Hearing Loss