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Document ID (ISN)101702
CIS number 03-869
ISSN - Serial title 1047-322X - Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Laitinen H.M., Toppila E.M., Olkinuora P.S., Kuisma K.
Title Sound exposure among the Finnish National Opera personnel
Bibliographic information Mar. 2003, Vol.18, No.3, p.177-182. Illus. 10 ref.
Abstract The purpose of the study was to determine the noise exposure among the staff of the Finnish National Opera. An evaluation of sound exposure level due to individual and group rehearsals was also carried out. The measurements were made using individual noise dosimeters and fixed-point measurements. Although it was found that conductors, dancers and double bass players were exposed to levels below 85dB(A), the majority of opera staff were exposed to levels that exceeded this limit during both rehearsals and performances. When exposures exceed 85dB(A), the employer is required to develop a hearing conservation programme. There exist hearing protection devices designed specially for musicians. However, both education efforts and enforcement measures will be necessary to encourage more widespread use.
Descriptors (primary) hearing protection; noise level; noise level measurement; musicians; theatres
Descriptors (secondary) safety consciousness; Finland; hearing loss; permissible levels; disobeying safety instructions; noise dosimetry; safe working methods; enforcement; exposure evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Hearing protection
Entertainment services and sports
Noise