|Document ID (ISN)||38042|
|Convention or series no.
||Seppälä A., Niemelä E., Ukkola K.
||Use of ear protectors in the paper industry
||Kyselytutkimus kuulonsuojainten käytöstä paperiteollisuudessa [in Finnish]|
||Työterveyslaitos, Julkaisutoimisto, Laajaniityntie 1, 01620 Vantaa 62, Finland, 1981. 38p. Illus. 8 ref.
||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.
||hearing protection; pulp and paper industry; noise
||subjective assessment; Finland; speech interference; long-term exposure; questionnaire survey; earplugs; earmuffs; hearing loss
||E - Books, reports, proceedings
|Broad subject area(s)
Paper and paper products industry