2010-08-01 12:00 - Messages

Occupational noise-induced hearing loss in Australia

Overcoming barriers to effective noise control and hearing loss prevention
The present report describes the outcomes of an investigation of the key factors (‘barriers’ and ‘enablers’) that influence the effective control of occupational noise and prevention of ONIHL. The overall aim of the project was to provide stakeholders with a greater understanding of why a preventable condition such as ONIHL still occurs among Australian workers despite the fact that each jurisdiction in Australia has regulations for exposure to occupational noise. The findings will also assist stakeholders in the design, implementation and evaluation of strategies and interventions for facilitating more effective occupational noise control.

Source : http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/NR/rdonlyres/2A0AE4CF-3895-4C33-BEC4-B5959C3AE61C/0/Occupational_Noiseinduced_Hearing_Loss_Australia_2010.pdf

High Speeds, Higher Decibels

Stock car racing is loud. Many fans and drivers like it that way. "Noise is part of NASCAR," we are often told. We get it. In fact, efforts to reduce the noise in the 1970s by installing mufflers were quickly abandoned because the quiet cars were unpopular with racing teams and spectators alike. The problem is that repeated exposure to noise comes with consequences—permanent and irreversible consequences like hearing loss and ringing in the ears (tinnitus). For many years, those in the industry seemed to accept hearing problems as "part of the job." As drivers such as Jeff Gordon, Cale Yarborough, and Richard Petty come forward about their hearing loss (see Tania Ganguli's "Hearing loss an inevitable part of racecar driving" in the Orlando Sentinel, 2/15/2009), we hope others in the industry will begin to take the issue more seriously.

Source : http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/blog/nsb081610_stockcarnoise.html

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