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Document ID (ISN)101205
CIS number 03-387
ISSN - Serial title 0958-479X - Safety and Health Practitioner
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Prasher D.
Title Toxic to your ears
Bibliographic information July 2002, Vol.20, No.7, p.36-38. Illus. 5 ref.
Abstract It is widely recognized that exposure to noise can cause hearing loss. It is less known that exposure to industrial solvents can also pose a threat to hearing. Many workplaces feature both hazards. This article discusses the synergistic hazards of exposure to noise and solvents. It presents the NoiseChem study of the European Commission. The study will involve two research projects: a laboratory research to determine the mechanisms of ototoxic damage due to noise and chemical interaction, and an epidemiological survey in factories in several European countries. The results are to be published during 2004, and it is hoped that they will lead to appropriate prevention strategies. A table summarizing the audio-vestibular effects of several common solvents is included.
Descriptors (primary) noise; solvents; risk factors; synergism; hearing loss
Descriptors (secondary) health programmes; European Communities; trichloroethylene; carbon disulfide; research; styrene; xylene; vestibular disorders; limitation of exposure; toluene
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Noise
Diseases of the ear and hearing damage