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Year : 1998  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 47--55

Fatigue after work in noise - an epidemiological survey study and three quasi-experimental field studies


1 National Institute for Working Life, Solna, Sweden
2 F10B, AM, Ängelholm, Sweden

Correspondence Address:
Anders Kjellberg
National Institute for Working Life, S-171 84 Solna
Sweden
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


PMID: 12689367

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The contribution of noise exposure to fatigue at work was studied in a survey study and three field studies. The survey study was based on a questionnaire covering symptoms and work place exposure answered by 50 000 state employees. Noise exposure was also estimated from their type of job and self-rated noise exposure. Fatigue and headache were found to be more common among the noise exposed groups even after control for the effects of other critical variables. Study 2 compared reaction times before and after a week's work in high noise exposure and one in low exposure exposure in a group of aeroplane mechanics. Reaction times were prolonged after work in the noise week, whereas an opposite trend was seen in the control week. Study 3 showed a gradual increase of reaction times during a week of noise exposure in a group of aeroplane technicians. Study 4 compared reaction times and subjective fatigue among naval crews on a day with low and a day with high noise exposure. In one of the studied boat types the development of fatigue during the work day was accentuated on the day with high exposure.






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