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The need for a participatory conservation programme for the reduction of noise exposure to Thai female workers
Tekniska högskolan i Luleå, CEDC.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
1989 (English)In: Asia-Pacific journal of public health, ISSN 1010-5395, Vol. 3, no 4, p. 310-4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Hearing loss induced in thirty female workers because of exposure to continuous noise was studied in a plastic bag plant in Samutprakarn Province, the largest industrial zone in Thailand. The sound level in this plant was 98.5 dBA., 94.0 dBA. and 93.0 dBA. in the weaving, winding and warping sections, respectively. Results of an audiometric test showed a significant relationship between high noise level and hearing loss at frequency 4,000 Hz. A questionnaire survey found that a relatively high number of workers had various symptoms such as: 76.7% general fatigue, 70% headache, 63.3% ear distension and 56.7% vertigo. Concerning the usage of ear protective devices, it was found that 80% of the workers have never used such devices, 16.7% occasionally used them, and 3.3% have always used cotton wool to reduce the high noise level. Their reasons for non-use of ear protective devices were 1) not provided by the employer (86.7%), 2) not necessary (83.3%), 3) accustomed to the noise (63.3%), 4) nobody uses (56.7%), and 5) no loud noise (16.7%). These results point to the need for improving the work conditions and welfare services of the workers at this plant. Also, hearing conservation programmes can be instituted in developing countries through cooperation among the safety inspectorate, the employer and the workers.

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1989. Vol. 3, no 4, p. 310-4
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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Industrial Work Environment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-10853DOI: 10.1177/101053958900300412Local ID: 9bb7e2e0-65c3-11dc-8a3f-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-10853DiVA, id: diva2:983801
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Godkänd; 1989; 20070918 (andbra)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved

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