|Document ID (ISN)||111800|
|Convention or series no.
||Lutman M.E., Davis A.C., Ferguson M.A.
Health and Safety Executive
||Epidemiological evidence for the effectiveness of the noise at work regulations
||HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2008. x, 85p. Illus. 69 ref.
||RR_669.pdf [in English]
||The United Kingdom Noise at Work Regulations 1989 and Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 (the Regulations) are designed to minimize the risk of occupational noise-induced hearing loss. This study examined their effectiveness in a longitudinal field study, where participants were followed-up annually over a period of three years. Audiometric and otoacoustic emission measures were obtained in 154 recruits aged 18-25 years at risk of noise-induced hearing loss through occupational exposure and 99 non-exposed controls. The study had power to detect approximately 1-2dB change per year, which is a smaller change than would be expected in the noise-exposed participants without protection. There were no significant effects on auditory function, or rate of change in function, in the risk group when other potential explanatory variables were taken into account. Nor were there significant effects when contrasting exposed participants working in companies demonstrating relatively lower or higher compliance with the Regulations. Noise levels in exposed participants averaged approximately 88-89dB(A) before accounting for hearing protection. The only significant effects on hearing demonstrated in the study were small effects of estimated social noise prior to the study, for example at nightclubs or from personal audio systems. It is concluded that there is no evidence of lack of effectiveness of the Regulations.
||United Kingdom; hearing loss; limitation of exposure; health programmes; legislation
||audiometric tests; case-control study; programme evaluation; public OSH institutions; research; report
||E - Books, reports, proceedings
|Country / State or Province||United Kingdom|
||Noise, hearing and vibration
|Broad subject area(s)
||Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Diseases of the ear and hearing damage