Factors affecting farm noise during common agricultural activities

Franklin, R. C., Depczynski, J., Challinor, K., Williams, W. and Fragar, L. J. (2006) Factors affecting farm noise during common agricultural activities. Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health, 12 2: 117-125.

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Author Franklin, R. C.
Depczynski, J.
Challinor, K.
Williams, W.
Fragar, L. J.
Title Factors affecting farm noise during common agricultural activities
Journal name Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1074-7583
Publication date 2006-05-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 12
Issue 2
Start page 117
End page 125
Total pages 8
Editor Dennis Murphy
Place of publication St Joseph, M.I., U.S.A.
Publisher American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
Language eng
Abstract Hearing injury due to exposure to excessive noise during common farming activities is a significant problem for farmers. The aim of this study was to investigate factors that affect the level of risk to hearing caused by common farming activities. Noise levels on farms were measured across a range of activities and producer groups, and situational factors that effect noise levels were also investigated. Older tractors were found to be 6 dB louder than newer tractors. Cabs reduced noise to the operator by 16 dB, which was halved to 8 dB if a door was open. Radios added between 3 and 5 dB to the noise in the cab. These variables significantly affect the noise level at the ear of operators and others in the workplace, and affect the subsequent exposure limits that are considered safe. Situational factors need to be considered in assessing the level of risk to farmers' hearing and in choosing noise management strategies on the farm. This information has been incorporated into material about hearing and discussions with farmers who participated in field day hearing screening programs in Australia. © 2006 American Society of and Biological Agricultural Engineers
Keyword Noise
Farm machinery
Farm worker
Q-Index Code C1

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