EU starts campaign on noise before it introduces lower workplace limitsBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7498.984-b (Published 28 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:984
- Rory Watson
The European Union has launched a campaign to reduce noise levels across the continent, backed by new mandatory rules on the maximum permitted decibel levels at work.
According to the World Health Organization hearing loss caused by noise is “the most prevalent irreversible industrial disease.” In the EU alone it is estimated that more than 13 million people—employed not just in heavy industry but in education, entertainment, and the services sector—have impaired hearing from workplace noise.
Vladimir Špidla, the EU commissioner for social affairs, has endorsed the campaign. He said: …
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