Workplace Noise Examination in a Laboratory (Case Study)


In this case study, the course and assessment of a work noise problem in a laboratory environment are described. Noise measurements are performed for the evaluation of workplace noise levels caused by the dominant sources at the site of the investigation. The results are evaluated according to the current Hungarian legislation, which is harmonized with the directives of the European Union. Based on the results noise protection interventions are shown to be required and proposals are described to solve the current situation.

If the inline PDF is not rendering correctly, you can download the PDF file here.

  • [1] Thurston F. E.: The worker s ear: A history of noise-induced hearing loss. American Journal of Industrial Medicine 56/3. (2013) 367–377.

  • [2] Arenas J. P., Suter A. H.: Comparison of occupational noise legislation in the Americas: an overview and analysis. Noise Health, 16/72. (2014) 306–319.

  • [3] M. Sliwinska-Kowalska, Davis A.: Noise-induced hearing loss, Noise Heal 14/61. (2012) 274–280.

  • [4] European Commission: How to avoid or reduce the exposure of workers to noise at work – Nonbinding guide to good practice for the application of Directive 2003/10/EC, 2008.

  • [5] European Commission: Directive 2003/10/EC of 6 February 2003 on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (noise), Off. J. Eur. Union, L 42/46. (2003) 38–44.

  • [6] Preventing occupational hearing loss: a practical guide (Eds.: Franks J. R., Stephenson M. R., Merry C. J.). DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 96–110. US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Biomedical and Behavioral Science, Physical Agents Effects Branch, 1996.


Journal + Issues