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Document ID (ISN)38042
CIS number 82-1409
ISBN(s) 951-801-255-5
Year 1981
Convention or series no. Työolosuhteet 35
Author(s) Seppälä A., Niemelä E., Ukkola K.
Title Use of ear protectors in the paper industry
Original title Kyselytutkimus kuulonsuojainten käytöstä paperiteollisuudessa [in Finnish]
Bibliographic information Työterveyslaitos, Julkaisutoimisto, Laajaniityntie 1, 01620 Vantaa 62, Finland, 1981. 38p. Illus. 8 ref.
Abstract Data were collected for promoting the use of ear protectors in the paper industry, instructing workers in their use and for improving ear protector design. A questionnaire survey was carried out on 237 paper mill workers, 104 of whom had hearing loss. The frequency of hearing loss increased after 10-19 years noise exposure. The 47 workers who used earmuffs complained that these devices caused sweating (57%), pressed on the ears (34%), impeded speech communication (39%). Of the 172 workers using earplugs, 20-28% complained of the hygiene problems of dirty ear plugs. The reasons given by 183 workers not wearing ear protection included; slight risk of hearing loss (44%); difficulty in hearing instructions (42%); perspiration (34%); forgetfulness (26%), protectors mislaid (25%). Improved instruction of workers and better selection of hearing protectors will improve compliance.
Descriptors (primary) hearing protection; pulp and paper industry; noise
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; Finland; speech interference; long-term exposure; questionnaire survey; earplugs; earmuffs; hearing loss
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Subject(s) Personal protection
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Hearing protection
Paper and paper products industry