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Document ID (ISN)105347
CIS number 06-939
ISSN - Serial title 0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Virkkunen H., Kauppinen T., Tenkanen L.
Title Long-term effect of occupational noise on the risk of coronary heart disease
Bibliographic information Aug. 2005, Vol.31, No.4, p.291-299. 28 ref.
Abstract The effect of occupational noise exposure on coronary heart disease (CHD) was studied among 6005 randomly-selected Finnish middle-aged male industrial workers in a prospective 18-year follow-up study. Data on CHD were obtained from official Finnish hospital and death registers. The Finnish job-exposure matrix FINJEM provided estimates of the proportion of noise-exposed persons and the mean level of exposure among those exposed by occupation. The medium-term (9-year follow-up) relative risk of CHD for the combined noise (continuous noise exceeding 80dB and impulse noise) was 1.38, and the long-term (18-year follow-up) RR was 1.54. For blue-collar workers the corresponding estimates were 1.11 and 1.29. Adjustment for other risk factors did not materially change the results. Results indicate that exposure to noise, especially impulse noise, is associated with a moderate, but significant, increase in CHD risk that persists even after workers have passed retirement age.
Descriptors (primary) coronary diseases; noise; Finland
Descriptors (secondary) impulse noise; male workers; job-exposure relation; cohort study; exposure evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Noise
Cardiovascular diseases