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Document ID (ISN)67838
CIS number 96-2274
ISSN - Serial title 0169-8141 - International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Year 1996
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Yearout R., Kwiatkowski C., Lisnerski D., Sprague K., Davis S.
Title Continuous exposure to noisy work environments does affect preferred leisure noise levels
Bibliographic information 1996, Vol.17, p.499-511. Illus. 17 ref.
Abstract This is a two-phase study comparing leisure noise preferences for workers who were exposed to either a 'loud' (greater than or equal to 85dB(A)) or 'not loud' (< 85dB(A)) work environment. Phase 1 examined 110 subjects' noise level preferences that were recorded before and after work during a one-day period. Phase 2 recorded 12 additional subjects' preferences for five consecutive days. Results determined that leisure noise levels prior to work were not significantly different. Those exposed to the 'loud' environment preferred noise levels significantly higher than their noise levels before work. The authors' conclusion is that 'loud' work environments and consecutive daily exposure to these environments do influence preferred leisure noise levels. It is essential for any organization safety awareness programme to educate employees about hearing loss due to leisure as well as work activities.
Descriptors (primary) noise level; noise level measurement; hearing loss
Descriptors (secondary) survey
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
Diseases of the ear and hearing damage