Improvements in education, technical support, and regulatory enforcement reduce barriers to implementation of engineered noise control

The most effective intervention—engineered noise controls (ENC) —is rarely implemented; a qualitative study was designed to investigate barriers to the implementation of ENC. Many factors emerged as possible barriers to the implementation of engineered noise control, including: poor knowledge of relevant regulations, noise reduction options and the health impacts of noise; weak technical skills and experience; low ranking of noise as a hazard by stakeholders; issues around job insecurity, weak language skills; lack of ‘quiet’ machine options and information from equipment manufacturers; poor employer-regulator relationships; barriers to employee-employer reporting; informal valuation of ENC costs; and feasibility issues. Many barriers could be addressed by a more rigorous application of existing HCP regulation and improvements in education, technical support, and regulatory enforcement.

Source : Davies, H.W., Louie, A., Nahid, M., Shoveller, J. Potential barriers to engineered noise control in food and beverage manufacturing in British Columbia, Canada: A qualitative study. International Journal of Audiology; February 2012, Vol. 51, No. S1, Pages S43-S50 (doi:10.3109/14992027.2011.633936)

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