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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31820d19c0
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A Business Case Evaluation of Workplace Engineering Noise Control: A Net-Cost Model

Lahiri, Supriya PhD; Low, Colleen BE; Barry, Michael BA

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Abstract

Objective: This article provides a convenient tool for companies to determine the costs and benefits of alternative interventions to prevent noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).

Methods: Contextualized for Singapore and in collaboration with Singapore's Ministry of Manpower, the Net-Cost model evaluates costs of intervention for equipment and labor, avoided costs of productivity losses and medical care, and productivity gains from the employer's economic perspective.

Results: To pilot this approach, four case studies are presented, with varying degrees of economic benefits to the employer, including one in which multifactor productivity is the main driver.

Conclusion: Although compliance agencies may not require economic analysis of NIHL, given scarce resources in a market-driven economy, this tool enables stakeholders to understand and compare the costs and benefits of NIHL interventions comprehensively and helps in determining risk management strategies.

©2011The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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