2010-03-01 12:00 - Messages

Podcast – Noise and vibration at work

In this episode: We talked to HSE's Pete Lennon about tackling the risks from noise and vibration in the workplace.
HSE launches new construction initiative aimed at stopping bad practise on building sites. A Yorkshire council is fined £75,000 after an employee was killed by a reversing truck. New tower cranes laws commence April 2010. HSE Infoline describes what toilet facilities should be available in workplaces.

Source : http://news.hse.gov.uk/2010/03/31/podcast-noise-and-vibration-at-work

A review of the current state of knowledge on tinnitus in relation to noise exposure and hearing loss

This report details the results of a search of the published peer-reviewed literature investigating the relationship between tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears), noise exposure at work and noise-induced hearing loss. A total of 12 citation databases (earliest date 1951) were searched which identified 252 publications, of which 34 were found to be relevant to the review. A number of studies have reported the prevalence of tinnitus in populations exposed to noise at work to be between 87.5% and 5.9%. Factors such as the type of participant (eg health surveillance, compensation claimant), the characteristics of the noise exposure and the definition of tinnitus used may contribute to this variability. Furthermore, four studies have shown that the prevalence of tinnitus in workers exposed to noise at work is significantly greater than in workers not exposed to noise. The majority of the published papers support the idea that there is an association between tinnitus and noise-induced hearing loss. The prevalence of tinnitus in those with hearing loss appears to be greater, and the hearing thresholds in those with tinnitus are higher. There is also a suggestion from one 15-year longitudinal study that tinnitus may be an early indicator of risk of the development of noise-induced hearing loss.

Source : http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrhtm/rr768.htm

Whole-body vibration and ergonomics of driving occupations

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Back disorders are the most common form of ill health at work. The exact cause of back pain is often unclear but back pain is more common in jobs that involve driving, especially over long distances or over rough ground. Driving exposes the vehicle’s occupants to whole-body vibration that may include the shocks and jolts that are believed to increase the likelihood of injury or pain in the lower back. However drivers may also be exposed to other risk factors for lower-back pain such as poor posture while driving and manual handling while loading and unloading goods. The Health and Safety Laboratory have developed a toolkit that screens for these other ergonomic risk factors for back pain from driving occupations as well as assessing whole-body vibration exposure.

Source : http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrhtm/rr767.htm

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