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Document ID (ISN)110178
CIS number 09-1147
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Singh L.P., Bhardwaj A., Deepak K.K., Bedi R.
Title Occupational noise exposure in small scale hand tools manufacturing (forging) industry (SSI) in Northern India
Bibliographic information July 2009, Vol.47, No.4, p.423-430. Illus. 20 ref.
Abstract This study was carried out in five small-scale hand tool forging units in Northern India. Noise levels in the workshops were measured, and were found to be above 90dB(A) in several areas. Additionally, a cross-sectional sample of workers responded to a questionnaire, results of which revealed that 68% of the workers were not wearing ear protective equipment. Among these workers, 50% were not provided with protective equipment by their employers. About 95% of the workers were suffering speech interference, although high noise annoyance was reported by only 20%. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) India; forging; hand tools; noise level; small enterprises
Descriptors (secondary) hearing protection; subjective assessment; noise level measurement; speech audiometry; supply of personal protective equipment; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceIndia
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Small and medium-sized enterprises
Foundries, metalcasting and forging operations
Hand and portable tools
Noise