Farm noise emissions during common agricultural activities

Depczynski, J., Franklin, R. C., Challinor, K., Williams, W. and Fragar, L. J. (2005) Farm noise emissions during common agricultural activities. Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health, 11 3: 325-334.

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Author Depczynski, J.
Franklin, R. C.
Challinor, K.
Williams, W.
Fragar, L. J.
Title Farm noise emissions during common agricultural activities
Journal name Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1074-7583
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 11
Issue 3
Start page 325
End page 334
Total pages 10
Place of publication St Joseph, MI, United States
Publisher ASABE
Language eng
Abstract Noise injury in agriculture is a significant yet often unrecognized problem. Many farmers, farm workers, and family members are exposed to noise levels above recommended levels and have greater hearing loss than their non-farming contemporaries. The aim of this study was to gather up-to-date information on farm noise levels and to enhance the quality of information available to assist farmers in reducing noise exposure and meeting Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) regulations regarding noise management. Farm visits were conducted on 48 agricultural establishments that produce a range of commodities. Noise levels were measured at the ears of operators and bystanders involved in typical activities on farms. The average and peak noise levels were measured for 56 types of machinery or sites of farming activity, totaling 298 separate items and activities. Common noise hazards identified included firearms, tractors without cabs, workshop tools, small motors (e.g., chainsaws, augers, pumps), manual handling of pigs, shearing sheds, older cabbed tractors, and heavy machinery such as harvesters, bulldozers, and cotton module presses. We found that use of firearms without hearing protection presents a pressing hearing health priority. However, farming activities involving machinery used for prolonged periods also present significant risks to farmers’ hearing health. Noise management strategies on the farm are essential in order to prevent noise injury among farmers.
Keyword Agriculture
Noise injury
Farm machinery
Farm workers
Noise emission
Q-Index Code C1

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