Documentation of the international expert meeting "Sound Acoustics for Employees, SAFE" on non-auditory effects of noise at work on 04./05.11.2015
The Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) hosted an international expert meeting on non-auditory effects of noise at work in November 2015. About 40 invited participants from 10 countries with considerable expertise on different topics associated with this field attended the meeting.
In general, noise is defined as undesired sound that can lead to various impairments and health effects. It is well-known that high sound pressure levels cause damage to the auditory system (aural effects). The avoidance of these effects is still an important topic in occupational health and safety. Moreover, noise at high as well as at moderate sound pressure levels can lead to further physiological reactions, physical and mental impairments, disturbances in speech communication and to a reduction in work performance. These effects not directly related to the ear are called extra-aural or non-auditory effects of noise. Against the background of changes in working conditions the non-auditory effects of noise on employees are gaining more and more importance in the context of health and safety at work.
The BAuA hosted a two-day expert meeting managed by the Physical Agents group. The main topics of this event were:
- Non-auditory effects of noise
- Noise in offices
- Noise in hospitals
The first day of the meeting focused on the talks by the invited experts to present the current state of knowledge. On the second day the above issues were examined in detail during several workshops. The key topics of discussion covered knowledge deficits as well as the challenges and opportunities for work system design in practice.
Find below selected presentations given during the meeting for download.