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Document ID (ISN)100975
CIS number 02-1899
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Daniell W.E., Swan S.S., McDaniel M.M., Stebbins J.G., Seixas N.S., Morgan M.S.
Title Noise exposure and hearing conservation practices in an industry with high incidence of workers' compensation claims for hearing loss
Bibliographic information Oct. 2002, Vol.42, No.4, p.309-317. Illus. 16 ref.
Abstract This cross-sectional study examined noise exposures and hearing conservation practices in the foundry industry in the State of Washington, where a high rate of hearing loss claims had been recorded. Ten representative foundries were evaluated with personal noise dosimetry, management interviews, employee interviews and the analysis of previous audiometric test records. Noise levels routinely exceeded 85dBA. No company was in full compliance with hearing conservation regulations. Most employees for whom audiograms indicated hearing impairment or loss had not been informed of the findings. Companies where more effort is put into hearing conservation programmes can achieve a higher employee awareness. However, there were broad deficiencies even in the better programmes in this sample, suggesting that workers in this industry probably face a continuing risk of occupational hearing loss.
Descriptors (primary) noise; hearing conservation; foundries; hearing loss
Descriptors (secondary) USA; noise level; cross-sectional study; audiometric tests; noise dosimetry; risk factors; Washington; programme evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the ear and hearing damage
Foundries, metalcasting and forging operations