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Document ID (ISN)104943
CIS number 06-416
ISSN - Serial title 1545-9624 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Neitzel R., Seixas N.
Title The effectiveness of hearing protection among construction workers
Bibliographic information Apr. 2005, Vol.2, No.4, p.227-238. Illus. 45 ref.
Abstract An analysis of data on noise exposure and hearing protection among construction workers is presented. Data were drawn from several large construction industry datasets, from a self-administered questionnaire on the use of hearing protection devices (HPDs) and from direct measurements of HPD attenuation at a work site. The workers assessed in this study were found to use hearing protection less than one-quarter of the time that they were exposed above 85dBA. Workers who reported "always" using HPDs in high noise on questionnaires were found to wear them only one-third of the time that their exposures exceeded 85dBA. Workers' self-reported use of HPDs during the most noisy non-occupational activities was also found to be low. These results demonstrate the need for better hearing conservation programs and expanded noise control efforts in the construction industry.
Descriptors (primary) hearing protection; hearing conservation; construction sites
Descriptors (secondary) safety consciousness; sound attenuation; disobeying safety instructions; noise level measurement; computerized data bases; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Construction industry
Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Hearing protection