Exposure to Noise in Agriculture

  • Dahms, G.;
  • Graehn, V.;
  • Scamoni, G.


The number of persons exposed to noise in agriculture has increased significantly during recent years in the GDR. It may be estimated that over one-third of all those engaged in material production are exposed to noise. At 25% of the work-force, agriculture technicians represent the largest group of workers subject to noise.

Self-propelled agricultural machinery and tractors account for the largest proportion of workplaces subject to noise.

Statistics for occupational illness show that in 1979 agriculture, forestry and food production had the highest incidence of hearing impairment resulting from noise of any branch of the economy. Forty- three percent of those affected were agricultural technicians.

The conclusions reached concerning measures to counter hearing impairment resulting from noise are contained in the planned steps for overcoming occupational illnesses in agriculture, forestry and food production drafted by the Occupational Hygiene Centre for Agriculture, Forestry and Food Production in 1980.


JOURNAL: Z Gesamte Hyg. 1981; 27(11): 815-818.

Note: Zeitschrift fur die gesamte Hygiene und ihre Grenzgebiete.

NLOM ID#: 82225908 .

Publication #: 82225908

This document was extracted from the CDC-NIOSH Epidemiology of Farm Related Injuries: Bibliography With Abstracts, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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