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Noise Pollution in Metalwork and Woodwork Industries in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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This study was conducted in metalwork and woodwork industries in Jeddah Industrial Estate. The purpose of this study was to assess the magnitude of industrial noise exposure and to propose remedial actions. Noise was measured at different times of a day in 28 randomly selected factories and workshops. Results indicated that noise levels varied according to the type and size of a factory, and the type and number of machines used. Mean noise levels in metalwork factories were higher than those in woodwork factories. The highest noise levels were observed while manufacturing cans and forming steel reinforcement for concrete, where noise levels exceed 90 dB(A). All mean noise levels in all studied metalwork factories and in 50% of studied woodwork industries were higher than the standard level of 85 dB(A).
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  • Department of Industrial Engineering, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Department of Industrial Engineering, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Department of Industrial Engineering, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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