HearingProTech

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Three million employees reported being exposed to noise above 85dB (A) in France in 2003 (SUMER Report).

Extrait du rapport SUMER 2003

Economic sectorEmployees exposed to noise > 85dB (A) for more than 20 hours / weekIncluding those without personal hearing protectors
Pulp and paper industry 37,4% 18,1%
Metallurgy and metallurgical processes 33,3% 20,4%
Mineral products industry 26,3% 14,1%
Automobile industry 21,1% 18,6%
Mechanical equipment industry 21,0% 20,3%
Textile industry 20,0% 28,2%
Agriculture and food industry 18,2% 26,1%
Chemicals, rubber, plastics 16,9% 23,7%
Industry of household equipment 16,1% 17,8%
Agriculture, silviculture, and fishing 13,0% 32,9%
Shipbuilding, aerospace, and railway 13,0% 27,5%
Construction 11,5% 29,5%
Clothing, leather 10,5% NS
Publishing, printing, and reproduction 10,4% 39,3%
Operational services 10,2% 40,0%
Automotive sales and repairs 9,4% 49,7%
Electrical and electronic components 8,5% NS
Pharmacy, perfumery, and personal care 7,6% NS
Electrical and electronic equipment 3,9% NS
Wholesale trade 3,9% 49,4%
Transport 3,3% 66,2%
Recreational, cultural, and sports activities 2,2% NS
Water, gas, electricity 2,1% 25,5%
Hotels and restaurants 2,0% NS
Personal and household services 1,9% NS
Health, social welfare 1,3% 59,1%
Research and development 1,2% NS
Education 1,0% NS
Guidance and support 0,7% NS
Public administration 0,7% NS
Associative and offshore activities 0,6% NS
Retail trade, repairs 0,5% NS
Real estate 0,5% NS
Financial activities 0,3% NS
Post and telecommunications 0,1% NS
Together 6,8% 32,0%
NS : Not Significant

One in three employees exposed to sound intensities > 85dB (A) are not protected.

The 2003 SUMER report indicates that nearly 7% of employees are exposed to noise levels above 85dB (A) for longer than 20 hours/week.

In industries, 77% of employees exposed are provided with hearing protection. 71% are in construction and 67% in agriculture. However, in the tertiary sector which is less affected by harmful noise, more than half of employees exposed to noise are not protected.

"Noise at the workplace" graph

Graph 1 : Nearly six out of ten employees exposed to harmful noise work in industries


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