Navigation Links
Noisy workplaces can make workers deaf
Date:3/10/2009

This release is available in French.

The majority of the 650,000 employees from Quebec's manufacturing sector specifically those working in metallurgy and sawmilling are exposed to noise levels that exceed governmental norms.

According to a new study from the Universit de Montral, the Universit Laval and the Institut national de sant publique du Qubec, extra workplace decibels increase the risks of both work-related accidents and road collisions. The findings will be reported in three journals: Occupation Environmental Medicine, Accident Analysis and Prevention and Traffic Injury Prevention.

The researchers studied a sample of 53,000 workers. "More than 60 percent were exposed to noises exceeding the norm of 90 decibels (dB) per day, which is equivalent to the sounds that emanate when a subway enters a station," says Michel Picard, a professor at the Universit de Montral's School of Speech Therapy and Audiology, who conducted the study along with his colleague Tony Leroux.

Quebec has not revised its workplace noise norms in close to 40 years. Throughout North America, including other Canadian provinces, the norm is set at 85 dB. This is a clear indication that Quebec is lax when it comes to noise in the work environment.

When a worker is exposed to noise exceeding 90 dB during a day's work, that worker is 6.2 percent more likely to have a work accident than colleagues working in the same environment with less noise. If the worker suffers hearing loss, his risk of injury is 7 percent greater.

Out of 43,250 reported work accidents, 5,287 were associated to noise. "What is particularly worrying is the young age of the workers," says Picard. The average individual was a 36-year-old male exposed to the noise for 13 years. And these hearing losses are permanent.

The researchers also focused on the driving records of workers exposed to noise in the workplace. By cross-referencing with data from the Socit de l'assurance automobile du Qubec they analyzed 46,000 men who were exposed to more than 100dB in their workplace.

The risk of an accident increases by 6 percent for those who still have good hearing. However, the risk increases to 31 percent for workers who suffered important hearing losses. These are not minor car accidents, but serious collisions.

According to Picard, this new study clearly indicates that workplace noise levels are a problem neglected by authorities. "Technology exists to reduce noise in the workplace," stressesPicard. "All that's missing is the political will."


'/>"/>

Contact: Sylvain-Jacques Desjardins
sylvain-jacques.desjardins@umontreal.ca
514-343-7593
University of Montreal
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Greater parental guidance suggested for noisy toy use
2. A good ear: Rats identify specific sounds in noisy environments
3. 75 Percent of Virginia Voters Support Smoke-Free Workplaces
4. U of M Study Provides First Scientific Evidence That the Freedom to Breathe Act is Creating Healthier Workplaces for Hospitality Employees
5. Pennsylvania Conference Committee Should Approve Smoke-Free Bill That Covers All Workplaces and Protects All Workers
6. Companies Report Success in Driving Safety Culture at Workplaces
7. Northern Kentucky Voters Support Smokefree Workplaces
8. Integrated Project Management Named a "Top Small Workplace" by The Wall Street Journal and Winning Workplaces
9. New Study Reports High Injury Rates for Hotel Workers, Even Higher Rates for Women and Nonwhites
10. Hospital Workers: Management Threatens Patient Care
11. Healthcare Workers Ratify Contract by a 98% Vote
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/7/2016)... OR (PRWEB) , ... December 07, 2016 , ... Sharon ... Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on Voice of America, declared on her ... to call attention to the fact that when these bullies attack leaders in corporate ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... , ... December 07, 2016 , ... Delete® - Tattoo ... Time For The Holiday Party Season. Save Up To 33% Off Botox® and Juvederm® ... is providing the Phoenix Valley with Delightful Deals on Botox® and Juvederm® ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... 2016 , ... The medical profession is well aware that heart attacks do ... analyzing heart attacks among 138,602 people recorded a 35% higher number of heart attacks ... agree of course–no time of year is a good time for a heart attack! ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... ... portable bioelectronic medicine device WellnessPro Plus for consumers and healthcare professionals to ... WellnessPro platform by expanding the treatment modalities available in a single device. ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... 07, 2016 , ... “Tomorrow Trump Goes To Washington”: a brief but ... presidency and to America. “Tomorrow Trump Goes To Washington” is the creation of published ... for this country. , Nancy attributes her patriotic nature to her WWII veteran father. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/7/2016)... Dec. 7, 2016  Organovo Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... company focused on delivering scientific and medical breakthroughs ... Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Keith Murphy ... Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern ... not yet familiar with the Company, an informational ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... FRANCISCO , December 7, 2016 ... expected to reach a value of USD 3.9 ... by Grand View Research, Inc. The growth of ... of donor and continuous technological advancements by the ... increasing continuously due to increasing donation, rising awareness ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... -- Diabetes & Obesity Drug Development Pipeline Review, 2016 ... is currently dominated by therapeutics indicated for type 1 ... and the majority of the pipeline, in terms of ... these indications. While products indicated for obesity do not ... large number of these products in the pipeline, with ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: