Symptoms of Nervous System Related Disorders among Workers Exposed to Occupational Noise and Vibration in Korea

Seunghyun Lee, Wanhyung Lee, Jaehoon Roh, Jong Uk Won, JinHa Yoon

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Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between vibration and noise exposure in the workplace and certain nervous system related symptoms (NSRS) among Korean workers. Methods: Using data from the fourth Korean Working Conditions Survey, we investigated the influence of vibration and noise with three categories; none, mild, and severe, on sleep disturbance, overall fatigue, and headache/eye strain using logistic regression analysis with stratification by personal protective equipment (PPE) wearing status. Results: Severe noise/vibration exposure was associated in a dose-response fashion with NSRS; the odds ratios (ORs) for sleep disturbance, headache/eyestrain, and overall fatigue were 1.48/1.06, 1.46/1.26, and 1.56/1.28 for severe and mild noise/vibration exposure, respectively, compared with no exposure. Workers who did not wear PPEs were the most affected. Conclusions: Occupational exposures to vibration and noise are associated with NSRS. Additional longitudinal studies and tightened education and safety measures are warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-197
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume59
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Feb 1

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Occupational Noise
Korea
Vibration
Nervous System Diseases
Noise
Asthenopia
Nervous System
Headache
Sleep
Occupational Exposure
Workplace
Fatigue
Longitudinal Studies
Logistic Models
Odds Ratio
Regression Analysis
Safety
Education

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 59, No. 2, 01.02.2017, p. 191-197.

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