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Document ID (ISN)108058
CIS number 08-683
ISSN - Serial title 0465-546X - Medicina y seguridad del trabajo
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Hernández Diaz A., González Méndez B.M.
Title Hearing loss among workers exposed to industrial noise
Original title Alteraciones auditivas en trabajadores expuestos al ruido industrial [in Spanish]
Bibliographic information Sep. 2007, Vol.LIII, No.208, p.9-19. Illus. 38 ref.
Abstract This study examined the extent of hearing loss among workers exposed to industrial noise, as well as their exposure to various levels of noise. It involved 98 workers of an aluminium window frame factory in Havana, Cuba. A total of 77 cases (78.5%) of hearing loss attributable to noise were found; 30.6% of workers were exposed to noise levels that were avoidable when considering the nature of their work. Recommendations include reducing workplace noise levels whenever they exceed 85db(A), requiring the use of hearing protectors and implementing medical surveillance by means of annual audiometric tests.
Descriptors (primary) noise level; hearing loss; structural steel work
Descriptors (secondary) hearing protection; Cuba; audiometric tests; noise level measurement; medical supervision; exposure evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCuba
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Noise
Diseases of the ear and hearing damage