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Document ID (ISN)58060
CIS number 92-990
ISSN - Serial title 0169-8141 - International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Year 1991
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Brown P.J., Yearout R.D.
Title Impacts of leisure activity noise levels on safety procedures and policy in the industrial environment: Case study
Bibliographic information July 1991, Vol.7, No.4, p.341-346. 9 ref.
Abstract People who work in noisy environments might also have noisy leisure activities which could contribute to hearing loss or interfere with recovery time. The study investigated work and leisure noise levels experienced by workers in a manufacturing plant. Workers were surveyed to determine leisure activities and use of hearing protection. Noise levels of 12 leisure activities had a mean of 99dB with a standard deviation of 8dB, while the mean for the workplace noise levels was 89dB with a standard deviation of 8dB. Although workers are required to wear hearing protection when exposed to occupational noise levels above 85dB, only 36% of the survey respondents wear hearing protection in the leisure environment. Because industries with noisy workplaces may be held liable for hearing damage occurring outside the workplace, it is prudent to emphasise protection not only in the workplace but for leisure activities as well.
Descriptors (primary) non-occupational factors; noise; synergism; noisiness; noise level
Descriptors (secondary) North Carolina; hearing protection; sports and recreation; case study; permissible levels; USA
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Noise
Physical fitness programmes