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Skadliga ljudnivåer: Hur upplever förskolepersonal sin arbetsmiljö?
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study was to perform acoustic measurements and distribute surveys to personnel at various preschools in Umeå. The study is based on noise measurement and a questionnaire study. The study is conducted in order to identify possible health effects caused by noise. The average equivalent noise levels of the five different preschools were in the range 65-77 dB (A). The maximum noise levels were in the range 84-97 dB (A). None of the 46 respondents believed that the working environment in terms of noise is good or very good. The activity that results in the highest sound levels is playtime, this is the experience of 89% of the respondents at the five preschools. As can be found in several other studies, children’s voices cause the loudest noise. The most prevalent health effect among personnel in preschool was fatigue, 89% chose this answer. At the five different preschools, 67% of the personnel reported that noise reducing measures have been implemented. The buildings have been equipped with in the shape of tiles and panels in ceilings, walls and floors. Furthermore, dining tables are equipped with discs in order to mitigate noise and some of the preschools have soft toys and textiles such as carpets and curtains to achieve the same goal. A weak positive indication was that the sound levels increase in proportion to the number of children.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 23 p.
Keyword [en]
Noise, personnel in preschools, health, work environment
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-99698OAI: diva2:787804
Subject / course
Examensarbete i miljö och hälsoskydd
Educational program
Master of Science Programme in Environmental Health
Available from: 2015-02-12 Created: 2015-02-11 Last updated: 2015-02-12Bibliographically approved

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