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Occupational noise exposure among airport workers in Malaysia: an ergonomic investigation

Athirah, B. and Nurul Shahida, M. S. (2019) Occupational noise exposure among airport workers in Malaysia: an ergonomic investigation. In: Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 1st Colloquium on Noise, Vibration and Comfort, CNVC 2019, 7 March 2019 , Kelab Shah Alam, Selangor. pp. 1-11., 1262 (1). ISSN 1742-6588 (print); 1742-6596 (online)

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Abstract

Occupational noise is defined as a disturbance of sound at a workplace received by a worker's auditory system when they are working. A sustained and prolonged exposure to the noise can cause permanent hearing loss or damage to the worker. According to Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), there is a certain tolerable noise level that can be exposed to the workers at a given time. This study aims to investigate the level of noise produced at the landing area in Sultan Ahmad Shah (SAS) Airport, Kuantan, Malaysia. A comprehensive ergonomic assessment divided into two phases is utilized in order to evaluate the noise exposure of the workers. In Phase I, an initial Ergonomics Risk Assessment is applied to gather the information on the ergonomic risk factors of the noise exposure, while for Phase II, an advanced Ergonomics Risk Assessment is used by monitoring the noise using occupational noise level meter. Thirty workers from the landing area which consists of the ground handlers were included as the subjects for this study. The value of noise exposure is measured while the workers perform their job. Results suggested that (a) the workers are aware of the noise exposure as per results shown in initial Ergonomics Risk Assessment in Phase I, and (b) the workers were exposed to high level of noise as suggested by OSHA (> 100 dBA at 2 hours exposure). With the suggested findings, the management of SAS Airport needs to create sufficient awareness to emphasize the usage of hearing protection devices in the workplace.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Additional Information: Indexed by Scopus
Uncontrolled Keywords: Airports; Auditory systems; Ergonomic assessment; Occupational safety and health acts; Occupational noise exposure
Subjects: R Medicine > RF Otorhinolaryngology
T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TS Manufactures
Faculty/Division: Institute of Postgraduate Studies
Faculty of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
Depositing User: Mrs Norsaini Abdul Samat
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2020 07:03
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2020 07:03
URI: http://umpir.ump.edu.my/id/eprint/29874
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