Daily personal noise-exposure levels of bar staff were measured in 16 discothèques in the West Midlands, Worcester and Swindon. Of the two different assessment methods used, dosimetry was assumed to be more accurate than attempting to estimate the LEP,d from measurements made using a fixed microphone position. The latter method underestimated the LEP,d as it could not incorporate the higher noise levels bar staff were exposed to as they collected glasses from the vicinity of the dance floor. Of the persons assessed, 88% were exposed to noise exceeding the second action level (The Noise at Work Regulations, 1989). The average LEPd was 94 dB(A), with minimum and maximum levels of 83 dB(A) and 98 dB(A). Copyright © 7996 Elsevier Science Ltd.
- Daily personal noise exposure level
- Occupational deafness
- Workplace noise assessment