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Document ID (ISN)102025
CIS number 03-1363
ISBN(s) 3-89701-906-X
Year 2002
Convention or series no. Fb 969
Author(s) Probst W.
Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin
Title Practical application of the noise declaration
Original title Anwendung der Geräuschemissionsangabe in der Praxis [in German]
Bibliographic information Wirtschaftsverlag NW, Postfach 10 11 10, 27511 Bremerhaven, Germany, 2002. 86p. Illus. 35 ref. Price: EUR 10.50.
Abstract Deafness caused by noise is one of the most prevalent industrial diseases in Germany. In 1998 12,400 cases were reported, 1012 of which were compensated. However, important progress has been achieved in reducing machinery noise emissions through the requirement to declare these emission values. To highlight possible gaps in the practical implementation of the machinery guideline, noise declarations of some 170 machines and devices were verified by measurements. Approximately 50% of these consisted of machines for wood processing, printing and paper-making, and hand-held electric tools. The noise declaration was enclosed in 78% of the cases, it had to be ordered from the manufacturer in 17% of the cases, and no noise emission values could be obtained in 5% of the cases. 54% of the noise declarations were correct, while they were incomplete in 41% of the cases. The measured noise emission values of 57% of the machines matched the declaration, 20% showed a modest infringement and 12% showed a considerable infringement of the declaration values. Although these findings are not optimal, they remain encouraging.
Descriptors (primary) woodworking machines; noise level; roll machines; machinery; electric tools
Descriptors (secondary) Germany; sound power; equipment testing; compliance tests; noise level measurement; hearing loss
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Hand and portable tools