Hearing conservation program in bus transportation company: evaluation research
Andréa Maria dos Santos Rodrigues1, Zenith Rosa Silvino2.
1,2 Federal Fluminense University
This is an observational, longitudinal, retrospective study, using
quantitative approach, which aims at examining the effectiveness of the hearing
conservation program of a bus transportation company in the city of
Descriptors: Effects of noise; threshold of hearing; hearing loss caused by noise.
Problem Situation and its significance
Exposure to loud noise has become a frequent agent in the workplace. Some professionals, due to their work process, are susceptible to changes in their hearing pattern and might develop hearing loss generated by high sound pressure levels (PAINPSE). The set of activities aiming at preventing hearing loss and that could be defined as a dynamic process, which develop planned and coordinated activities for the areas involved in an organization, are called Hearing Conservation Program (HCP)(1). Although the exposure to noise is known as a harmful factor to health, since the development of urbanization and industrialization, the problems caused by this agent have become object of attention of public health(2). But interest, knowledge and development of preventive actions are still poor in the road sector.
General - analyze the effectiveness of the hearing conservation program of a bus transportation company in relation to hearing loss by high sound pressure levels (PAINPSE).
Specific - describe the Hearing Conservation Program of the Public Transportation Company; identify the occurrence of changes in the urban bus drivers’ hearing thresholds through audiometric registration of the occupational examinations so as to verify the urban bus drivers’ awareness of the risks of noise exposure and hearing healthcare.
This is an observational, longitudinal, retrospective
study, using quantitative approach. It will be carried out in a bus transportation company
located in the city of
1. Saldanha Júnior OM. Protocolo para auditoria do programa de conservação auditiva: uma proposta alinhada à legislação brasileira [Dissertação]. Belo Horizonte (MG): FEAD – Centro de Gestão Empreendedora; 2009.
2. Oliveira EB, Lisboa MTL. The impact of noise for the nursing workers health and the work process. Brazilian Journal of Nursing [periódico online]. 2007 Out [citado 2011 Jun 01]; 6(3). Disponível em: http://www.objnursing.uff.br/index. php/nursing/article/view/j.1676-4285.2007.1237
3. Nudelmann AA, Costa EA, Ibañez RN, Seligman J. Perda auditiva induzida pelo ruído - Volume II. 1ª ed. Rio de Janeiro: Revinter; 2001. Atualização sobre os documentos do Comitê Nacional de Ruído e Conservação Auditiva; p.225-33.
Projeto de dissertação do Programa de Mestrado em Ciências do Cuidado em Saúde da UFF, aprovado em 28/10/10, pela seguinte banca: Drª Zenith Rosa Silvino (Orientadora); Drª Heidi Elisabeth Baeck (1º membro); Drª Elaine Antunes Cortez (2º membro); Drª Silvana Maria Monte Coelho Frota (Suplente) e Drª Marilda Andrade (suplente). Aprovado no Comitê de Ética em Pesquisa da Universidade Federal Fluminense, nº CAAE 6141.0.000.258-10.
Contact address: Rua Gal Savaget nº136. – Marechal Hermes – RJ. CEP: 21610-390. Electronic address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mentor: Profª Drª Zenith Rosa Silvino.
Financial support: REUNI. Concessão de bolsa de mestrado.