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Document ID (ISN)41224
CIS number 84-74
ISSN - Serial title 0727-3304 - Health and Safety Bulletin
Year 1983
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Mathews J., Calabrese N.
Title Guidelines for the control of noise at work
Bibliographic information Sep. 1983, No.33, p.1-73. Illus. Bibl.
Abstract This study includes: health effects of noise (temporary and permanent hearing loss, noise-induced stress and psychological problems, noise as a safety hazard, cardiovascular effects); measurement of noise in the workplace; measurement of hearing loss (audiometry); relation between exposure to noise and hearing loss. Daily noise dose limits are given for Australian states (90dBA Leq in most cases) as well as levels of maximum permissible exposure to the unprotected ear (115dBA in 5 states), and compared with exposure limits in some other countries. Statistics on the estimated incidence of hearing impairment in exposed workers are given. Control measures discussed are: noise surveys; new or modified plant and equipment; shields and barriers; sound absorbers; insulating enclosures; soundproof booths; personal protection equipment (ear plugs, muffs); job rotation and rescheduling. The inadequacy of hearing conservation programmes is discussed. There is a list of proposed union policies.
Descriptors (primary) hearing protection; noise; noise measurement; noise control; hearing loss
Descriptors (secondary) hearing damage risk criteria; Australia; noise level; audiometric tests; transfer to other work; hearing conservation; noise dosimetry
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the ear and hearing damage
Hearing protection