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Document ID (ISN)111634
CIS number 11-0260
Year 2008
Convention or series no. HSE Research Report 651
Author(s) Shanks E.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Glass recycling - Noise exposure from simulated roadside collection of recyclable glass - Follow-up measurements
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2008. viii, 43p. Illus. 5 ref.
Internet access HSE_Research_Report_651.pdf [in English]
Abstract This report describes the results of trials carried out relating to the noise exposure of workers engaged in roadside collection of glass for recycling. Previous tests under controlled conditions had established the dominant sources of noise when glass is collected into metal troughs on a roadside collection vehicle, and identified working factors likely to affect noise exposure. The trials described here were carried out to assess the effect of modifications to the design of the troughs on the noise levels produced. Results show that lining collection troughs with a suitable resilient material, and providing a flap to partially cover the opening of the trough, can significantly reduce the noise levels produced compared to a standard metal trough. Within the context of the reductions in noise that have been shown, working factors such as the speed and method of depositing glass in to the collection troughs remain a factor in the noise levels produced, with rapid depositing producing the highest noise levels and also preventing the full benefits of the modifications to the collection trough being realized.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; noise level; refuse collection; noise control; sound absorption; glass industry; recycling of materials
Descriptors (secondary) container handling; design of equipment; limitation of exposure; public OSH institutions; research; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Other industries and occupations
Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Noise
Waste collection and disposal
Glass, pottery and related materials