Vibration and noise are not new phenomena, having existed in one form or another since the beginning of mankind. But both have been largely tolerated right through the industrial revolution, even though many workers suffered irreparable damage to their hearing and in some cases to their nervous systems as well. It is only during the last decade that conscience has been awakened to this problem and a hard look taken at means of measuring and controlling noise and vibration. One of the most difficult tasks has been to quantify safe limits for a working environment. People vary enormously in what they can tolerate and at what point their efficiency begins to drop. And because so many young adults have already suffered a threshold shift in hearing, it is difficult to determine average healthy hearing ability. Yet the problem has to be tackled and the object of this paper is to consider the validity of some of the levels proposed in respect of the maintenance of human and mechanical efficiency.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • 45 Conference Papers presented at IMAS 73, London, 4-8 June 1973, organized by the Institute of Marine Engineers. This paper is available only in a set of 7 papers in Subject Group 4: "Marine Pollution: Sewage, Oil, and Noise" at $10.00.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute of Marine Engineers

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  • Authors:
    • Batten, B K
    • Martyn, D K
  • Publication Date: 1973

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  • Accession Number: 00048468
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute of Marine Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 14 1973 12:00AM