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Document ID (ISN)76141
CIS number 01-224
ISBN(s) 0-7176-2491-9
Year 1999
Convention or series no. HSE Contract Research Report CRR 241/1999
Author(s) Butler M.P., Graveling R.A., Pilkington A., Boyle A.L.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Non-auditory effects of noise at work: A critical review of the literature post 1988
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, Aug. 1999. viii, 85p. 125 ref. Price: GBP 25.00.
Abstract This report is a critical review of research on the non-auditory effects of noise, and is an update of an earlier project published in 1991. Focussing on occupational exposures, it includes behavioural and psychological influences of noise as well as its impact on physiological functioning and health. Findings indicate that continued exposure to noise at levels below those specified by current United Kingdom legislation does have health effects. The effects of noise on work performance are complex and dependent on many variables. There is increasing evidence of a psychological cost incurred by working when exposed to noise, and chronic noise exposure may be associated with sustained increases in blood pressure. Maternal exposure to noise may affect foetal hearing ability.
Descriptors (primary) noise; exposure; biological effects; premises and workplaces
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; hypertension; United Kingdom; work efficiency; sleep disturbances; legislation; epidemiologic study; psychological effects; expectant mothers; research; permissible levels
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Noise