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Document ID (ISN)68252
CIS number 97-263
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 1996
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Melamed S., Bruhis S.
Title The effects of chronic industrial noise exposure on urinary cortisol, fatigue, and irritability - A controlled field experiment
Bibliographic information Mar. 1996, Vol.38, No.3, p.252-256. 36 ref.
Abstract Urinary cortisol levels were measured three times a day for 35 textile mill workers; subjective fatigue and post-work irritability were assessed. Under conditions of chronic noise exposure, the cortisol level at the end of the work shift was high and was accompanied by high levels of accumulated fatigue and post-work irritability. Use of earmuffs (average attenuation 30 to 33dB) for a period of seven working days resulted in a decline in cortisol level during the work shift and a concomitant reduction in reported fatigue and post-work irritability. Findings support the view that noise can act as a general stressor.
Descriptors (primary) noise; biological effects; psychological effects
Descriptors (secondary) hearing protection; continuous noise; determination in urine; mental stress; textile industry; fatigue
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceIsrael
Subject(s) Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Noise
Mental health