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Document ID (ISN)60558
CIS number 93-1345
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 1992
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Mirbod S.M., Inaba R., Yoshida H., Nagata C., Komura Y., Iwata H.
Title Noise exposure level while operating electronic arcade games as a leisure time activity
Bibliographic information 1992, Vol.30, No.2, p.65-76. 34 ref.
Abstract Noise measurements were made in 3 selected electronic arcade game centres and 192 samples were taken in each location. The background noise was 61dB(A) and 64dB(C). When the electronic games were operating noise levels reached 88-90dB(A). Third octave bands analysis of sound pressure levels showed the most intense noise levels between 0.5 and 2.0kHz. These levels cause a 4-8dB temporary threshold shift at 4.0kHz in an individual with less than one hour of exposure. For the employees of the 3 game centers, the 8-hr equivalent continuous sound levels were in the range of 80.3-87.5dB(A), although their exposure time could not be exactly determined. Maximum noise levels should be limited to a reasonable level, either by the manufacturing or by the game centre owners. Education programmes in industry should inform employees about other factors outside the work that may affect their hearing; and for policy-making on hearing conservation, recreational warnings and standards should be established.
Descriptors (primary) Japan; amusement arcades; noise level
Descriptors (secondary) exposure evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceJapan
Subject(s) Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Entertainment services and sports
Noise