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Document ID (ISN)107022
CIS number 07-1162
ISSN - Serial title 0925-7535 - Safety Science
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Arezes P.M., Miguel A.S.
Title Hearing protection use in industry: The role of risk perception
Bibliographic information Apr. 2005, Vol.43, No.4, p.253-267. Illus. 23 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to analyse the associations between individual risk perception factors of noise exposure and the use of hearing protection devices. It involved a sample of 434 industrial workers exposed to noise levels greater than the action level defined in Portuguese legislation (85dB(A)). Data on workers' risk perception of noise exposure and their use of hearing protection were obtained by means of a questionnaire. Multivariate analysis revealed that risk perception plays a significant role as a predictor of workers' behaviour with respect to the use of hearing protection devices. Results suggest that risk perception should be considered as an essential issue in the design and implementation of hearing conservation programmes.
Descriptors (primary) hearing protection; risk awareness; noise level
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; Portugal; human behaviour; disobeying safety instructions; permissible levels; questionnaire survey; hearing loss
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvincePortugal
Subject(s) Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Hearing protection
Psychological factors