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Document ID (ISN)107145
CIS number 07-1168
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Neitzel R.L., Berna B.E., Seixas N.S.
Title Noise exposures aboard catcher/processor fishing vessels
Bibliographic information Aug. 2006, Vol.49, p.624-633. Illus. 29 ref.
Abstract Commercial fishing workers have extended work shifts and potential for 24h exposures to high noise. Noise exposures aboard two large fish catching and processing vessels were assessed using dosimetry and sound-level mapping, together with self-reports of work tasks and hearing protection device (HPD) use. These data were combined to estimate work shift, non-work, and 24h overall exposure levels. The length of time during which HPDs were worn was also used to calculate the effective protection received by crew members. Nearly all workers had work shift and 24h noise levels that exceeded current limits. After HPD use was accounted for, half of the 24h exposures remained above the limits. Non-work-shift noise contributed nothing to 24h exposure levels. HPDs reduced the average exposure by about 10dBA, but not all workers wore them consistently.
Descriptors (primary) noise; fishing; exposure evaluation; trawlers
Descriptors (secondary) hearing protection; noise level measurement; noise dosimetry; work time schedules
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation