The Risk of Occupational Injury Increased According to Severity of Noise Exposure After Controlling for Occupational Environment Status in Korea

Abstract

OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between noise exposure and risk of occupational injury. MATERIALS AND METHODS Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey was used for the current study. Self-report questionnaires were used to investigate occupational injury and exposure to noise, chemicals, and machines and equipments. RESULTS In separate analyses for occupation and occupational hazard, the proportion of occupational injuries increased according to severity of noise exposure (all P < 0.05). Compared to the non-exposure group, the respective odds ratio (95% confidence intervals) for occupational injury was 1.39 (1.07-1.80) and 1.67 (1.13-2.46) in the mild and severe noise exposure groups, after controlling for age, gender, sleep hours, work schedule (shift work), and exposure status to hazardous chemicals and hazardous machines and equipments. CONCLUSIONS The current study highlights the association between noise exposure and risk of occupational injury. Furthermore, risk of occupational injury increased according to severity of noise exposure.

DOI: 10.4103/1463-1741.195811

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@inproceedings{Yoon2016TheRO, title={The Risk of Occupational Injury Increased According to Severity of Noise Exposure After Controlling for Occupational Environment Status in Korea}, author={Jin Ha Yoon and Jaehoon Roh and Chi-Nyon Kim and Jong Uk Won}, booktitle={Noise & health}, year={2016} }