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A study on the effects of noise on industrial workers in Malaysia

School of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 14300, Nibong Tebal; Seberang Perai Selatan, Malaysia; Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering & Technology, Central University, 110025, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi, India
06/2007; 46:17-30. DOI: 10.11113/jt.v46.279

ABSTRACT This paper presents results of an ergonomic study pertaining to the effect of noise on industrial workers in Malaysia. Three different industries selected for the study were rubber product manufacturing, metal stamping, publication and printing. A questionnaire consisting of 37 questions, covering all possible reported effects of noise on humans, was prepared and served to a total of 120 workers at the above mentioned industries. Responses from the workers were collected for analysis. A Chi-Square test was used to determine whether the effects of noise were statistically significant or not. It is found from the results of the survey, at a level of significance, α = 0.05, physiological, hearing loss, auditory, and sleep disturbances effects of noise are statistically significant. However, psychological effect of noise is found to be non-significant.

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