Association between occupational noise and vibration and anxiety in the South Korean working population: a cross-sectional study

Minah Park, Fatima Nari, Wonjeong Jeong, Eun Cheol Park, Sung In Jang

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Background: Although occupational exposure to noise and vibration is common, its effect on psychological wellbeing is poorly understood. This study investigated the relationship between occupational exposure to noise and vibration and anxiety among Korean workers. Methods: Data from the 5th Korean Working Conditions Survey, conducted in 2017, were used. Participants were classified into four groups according to their level of exposure, and anxiety was assessed using a self-report questionnaire. Logistic regression analysis was used to examine the significance of the association between exposure and anxiety. Results: Overall, 45,241 participants were enrolled in this study. The likelihood of anxiety increased, in both males and females, when exposed to both occupational noise and vibration (males: odds ratio (OR) = 2.25, confidence interval [CI] = 1.77–2.87; females: OR = 2.17, CI = 1.79–2.61). The association between the varying degrees of noise, vibration, and combined exposure showed a dose–response relationship among males. Conclusions: This study revealed that occupational noise and vibration exposure is associated with anxiety. These results suggest that more detailed regulations regarding occupational noise and vibration should be developed and implemented to ensure a safer environment for workers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1
JournalJournal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Dec

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to thank the OSHRI for providing the data.

Funding Information:
This research was supported by a grant from the Korea Health Technology R&D Project, through the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), funded by the Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea (grant number. HI20C1130).

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© 2021, The Author(s).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Toxicology
  • Safety Research
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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