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Document ID (ISN)58098
CIS number 92-991
ISSN - Serial title 0096-1736 - Journal of Occupational Medicine
Year 1991
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Yassi A., Gaborieau D., Gillespie I., Elias J.
Title The noise hazard in a large health care facility
Bibliographic information Oct. 1991, Vol.33, No.10, p.1067-1070. 19 ref.
Abstract A noise-level survey, dosimetry and audiometric testing were conducted in a large health care facility to determine the areas with hazardous noise levels, the number of employees at risk, and the prevalence of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) among the exposed. Nine high-risk areas were identified, with readings of up to 110dB(A) recorded. In the work force of approximately 6,000 employees, 321 were identified as exposed to potentially hazardous noise levels. Abnormal hearing patterns were observed in 59 (19%) of the 308 workers screened, with 36 cases of NIHL documented. The findings showed that noise is a serious hazard in many areas, that some cases of NIHL have developed from occupational exposure in this hospital, and that a control programme is essential.
Descriptors (primary) noise; hearing disorders; hearing loss; noise level measurement; hospitals; noise measurement; hazard evaluation
Descriptors (secondary) Canada; audiometric tests; noise dosimetry; Manitoba
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the ear and hearing damage
Health care services
Noise
Risk evaluation