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Document ID (ISN)108912
CIS number 08-1421
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Tsukada T., Sakakibara H.
Title A trail [sic] of individual education for hearing protection with an instrument that measures the noise attenuation effect of wearing earplugs
Bibliographic information July 2008, Vol.46, No.4, p.393-396. 11 ref.
Internet access http://www.jniosh.go.jp/en/indu_hel/pdf/IH_46_4_393.pdf [in English]
Abstract The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of individual training of workers, using an instrument to quantitatively evaluate the noise attenuation gained with the use of earplugs, on the use of hearing protection devices. The subjects were 68 male workers exposed to noise of above 80dB(A) at an electronic parts manufacturer in Japan. They received group instruction on the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss, and individual education on the proper use of earplugs. Two months after the training, the prevalence of the regular use of hearing protectors among workers in loud working environments increased from 46% to 66%. The results suggest that individual training is an effective means to increase both the usage rate and the proper use of hearing protection devices.
Descriptors (primary) hearing loss; sound attenuation; safety and health training; electronics industry; earplugs
Descriptors (secondary) Japan; noise level; disobeying safety instructions; motivation; programme evaluation; human behaviour
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceJapan
Subject(s) Other industries and occupations
Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the ear and hearing damage
OSH training
Electronics industry
Noise
Manufacturing of electrical appliances and equipment
Hearing protection