Learning for Life: Noise at work

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Learning for Life: Noise at workOn 1 Jan 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Life Long Learning and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) are theprocesses by which professionals, such as nurses, develop and improve theirpractice. There are many ways to address CPD: formally, through attending courses,study days and workshops; or informally, through private study and reflection.Reading articles in professional journals is a good way of keeping up-to-datewith what is going on in the field of practice, but reflecting and identifyingwhat you have learned is not always easy. These questions are designed to help you to identify what you have learnedfrom studying the article. They will also help you to clarify what you canapply to practice, what you did not understand and what you need to explorefurther. 1. How many years have the Noise at Work Regulations given employers alegal obligation to prevent hearing damage? a) 5 b) 10 c) 15 d) 20 2. What is the emphasis of the European Directive 2003/10/EC? To preventnoise exposure through: a) Wearing hearing protection b) Undertaking regular audiometry c) Raising exposure levels d) Incorporating measures at the design stage 3. Noise is defined as: a) Unbearable sound b) Unwanted sound c) Loud sounds d) Unnecessary sound 4. Which example is given as a loud piece of orchestral music? a) Tchaikovsky’s 1812 b) Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks c) Handle’s Wassermusik d) Pachelbel Canon 5. At what level does the individual develop loss of sensitivity tosound? a) 40KHz b) 4KHz c) 4Hz d) 40Hz 6. Sensitivity to noise is called: a) Presbycusis b) Presbyopia c) Hyperacusis d) Phonphobia 7. What was the author’s highest dosimetry reading from the musicians incertain sections? a) 85dB(A) b) 90dB(A) c) 140dB(A) d) 94dB(A) 8. Which instruments are responsible for these dosimetry levels? a) Woodwind and strings b) Brass and strings c) Woodwind and brass d) Tympani and strings 9. What health surveillance should be carried out on workers exposed tonoise? a) Questionnaire, examination of the ear, audiometry b) Questionnaire, examination of the ear, respiratory function c) Questionnaire, respiratory function, audiometry d) Respiratory function, examination of the ear, audiometry 10. Which of the following information is NOT required as part of ahearing conservation programme? a) Family history b) Occupational history c) Leisure activities d) Marital status Feedback1) c – Until then, many employers refused to do anythingabout noise at work and even now some small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)may not have complied. Undertake your own survey of people working in publicplaces exposed to noise and see what preventative measures you can spot. 2)d – This is an ergonomic issue and should be the first level of control.Consider simple ways in which noise can be reduced. 3) b – Interestingthat it is unwanted sound and that music, for the musician, is very much wantedsound. Can you think of a better definition? 4) a 5) b – This questionis there to stress the importance of correct use of units and how easy it canbe to mix them up, not only on these sort of measurements but on others, suchas the administration of medicines, for example vaccinations. Refresh yourknowledge of the various units we use in OH. 6) c – Do you know the meaningsof all these terms? If not, look them up and ensure you do not get themconfused 7) d 8) c 9) a – Remember that health surveillance is only partof a hearing conservation programme. Obtain a copy of the HSE Noise at Workbooklet (free or can be downloaded from www.hsebooks.co.uk). 10) d –Marital status is not necessary – well, unless you have a nagging spouse orpartner!last_img

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