A Follow up Study of Hearing Loss and Noise Hazard Preventive Behaviors among Workers in A Pulp and Paper Plant, Khon Kaen Province
The cross-sectional study was designed to hearing loss, noise hazard preventive behaviors and relationship between hearing loss and noise hazard preventive behaviors in A Pulp and Paper Plant. The Stratified Random Sampling was 207 employees for 8 departments of Plant. Data were collected during January to March 2017. The research instruments included questionnaire was noise hazard preventive behaviors to use PPE by the researcher based on a literature view. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Inferential Statistics were Logistic regression analysis with statistical significance set at P-value < 0.05 The results revealed that audiometric tests of employee samples between 2013-2015 have abnormal increase of 9 employees (6%), noise hazard preventive behaviors to use PPE(Ear plugs) was 59.90% and relationship between noise hazard preventive behaviors and hearing loss are Significant (AOR=0.26, 95%CI; 0.10-0.68) It should be promoted and programmed for employees. There is awareness for use PPE of more protective and to reduce the risk of noise hearing loss.
2. Kirchner B, Evenson E, Dobie A, Rabinowiz P, Crawford J, Kopke R, et al. Occupational Noise-Induced Hearing Loss. JOEM 2012; 54(1): 106-108.
3. Sumneanglum P, Suchat S, Ninsuwan U. Prevention of noise effects in factory by using environment education process. [Internet]. 2015 [updated 2015 Oct 4; cited 2017 Mar 15]. Available from: https://www.stou.ac.th/thai/grad_stdy/Masters Thai.
4. Nelson DI, Nelson RY, Concha-Barrientos M, Fingerhut M. The global burden of occupational noise-induced hearing loss. Am J Med 2005; 48(6): 446-458.
5. Bureau of Epidemiology [Internet]. 2010 [updated 2010 Jan 4; cited 2016 Aug 20]. Available from: https://www.summacheeva.org/documents/share_report_envocc.pdf. Thai.
6. Bureau of Occupational and Environmental Diseases [Internet]. 2014 [updated 2014 Feb 15; cited 2016 May 10]. Available from: https://envocc.ddc.moph.go.th/uploads/situation/01_envocc_situation_57.pdf. Thai.
7. Social Security Office [Internet]. 2016 [updated 2016 Jan 22; cited 2016 May 10]. Available from: https://www.sso.go.th/wpr/uploads/uploadImages/file/accidentanalyze54-58.pdf. Thai.
8. Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency, Ministry of Energy. Energy Conservation Guide for Paper Industry. Bangkok; 2005. Thai.
9. Gustav A, Wolfgang P. Noise sources. [Internet]. 2015 [updated 2017 Feb 3; cited 2017 Mar 15]. Available from: https://www.who.int/occupational_health/publications/noise5.pdf
10. Untimanon O. Manual of Occupational Medicine. Bangkok ; 2013. Thai.
11. Raksri T, Tuntiseranee P, Chayarpham S. A Three-year follow up study (1998-2001) of noise-induced hearing loss and occupational noise exposure among workers in Songklanagarind Hospital. Songkla Med J 2004; 22(2): 352-361. Thai.
12. Worawonnotai C. Hearing Level Occupational Noise Exposure among workers in Bhumibol Adulydaj Hospital. [Internet]. 2008 [updated 2008 Oct 8; cited 2017 Mar 15]. Available from: https://www.rcot.org/download/Hearing_level_and_Occupational_Noise_Exposure_among_workers_in_Bhumibol_Adulyadej_Hospital_RTAF2009.pdf. Thai.
13. Sukhothai Thammathirat University;Safety Management unit 1-8. Bangkok ;1998. Thai.
14. Tarnpeam S, Chanprasit C, Songkham W. Hearing Capacity and Noise Hazard Preventive Behaviors Among Workers in Sugar Refinery Factory. Nursing Journal 2007; 34(4): 70-81. Thai.
15. Hong O. Hearing loss among operating engineers in American construction industry. Int Arch Occup Environ Health 2005; 78(7): 565-574.
16. Health and Safety Executive [Internet]. 2005 [updated 2005 Feb 4; cited 2017 Mar 6]. Available from: https://www.hse.gov.uk/pUbns/priced/l108.pdf