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Noise as an Occupational Hazard: Effects on Performance Level and Health. A Survey of Findings in the European Literature.


PB86105566

Publication Date 1974
Personal Author Gulian, E.
Page Count 110
Abstract The effects of noise on performance and health in the workplace are reviewed. The review is based on a survey of the non English literature of the preceding 10 years, with an emphasis on publications that are available in the Communist countries. The influence of noise on performance as a function of the factors, noise characteristics, age, and exposure is discussed. Age and duration of exposure are the most important factors that cause performance impairment. Noise exposures of less than 100 decibels (dB) exert inconclusive effects on work performance; however, adverse effects have been noted at noise levels of 80 to 85dB. The effects of noise on health are considered. Noise induces increased fatigue, manifest both behaviorally and physiologically. A decreased capacity for focusing attention and a slowing of motor reactions have occurred after several hours of noise exposure. Autonomic disturbances, including cardiovascular disturbances, and the occurrence of an asthenovegetative syndrome have been noted in subjects exposed to excessive noise. Digestive, endocrine, and biochemical dysfunction have also been observed. The author concludes that noise is a noxious factor for the health and working capacity of individuals in as much as it disturbs, irritates, annoys, and induces organic and functional disorders.
Keywords
  • Noise(Sound)
  • Performance(Human)
  • Exposure
  • Age
  • Dosage
  • Responses
  • Hazards
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Biological effects
  • Neurophysiology
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 68B - Noise Pollution & Control
Corporate Authors National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.; Bucharest Univ. (Romania).
Supplemental Notes Prepared in cooperation with Bucharest Univ. (Romania).
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 198602
Noise as an Occupational Hazard: Effects on Performance Level and Health. A Survey of Findings in the European Literature.
Noise as an Occupational Hazard: Effects on Performance Level and Health. A Survey of Findings in the European Literature.
PB86105566

  • Noise(Sound)
  • Performance(Human)
  • Exposure
  • Age
  • Dosage
  • Responses
  • Hazards
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Biological effects
  • Neurophysiology
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 68B - Noise Pollution & Control
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