Special Issue on Workplace Noise and Vibration

Noise and vibration in the workplace have been known health hazards for many, many years and most countries have had regulations or guidance material for decades.  However, sadly, we have not yet succeeded in defeating these problems. The WHO estimates that over 360 million people in the world live with disabling hearing loss with about 16% being due to noise. In Australia the latest NIHL claims data from Safe Work Australia (SWA) show a significant downward trend from 2012.  Unfortunately, on closer investigation, nearly all the reduction was due to NSW where there had been a change in the eligibility criterion for most workers from 6% percentage hearing loss to 21.5%.

Source: Acoustics Australia, Vol. 44, No 1, April 2016.

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