Ambient and Personal Noise Exposure Assessment in a Pasta Factory
Bianchi, Biagio
Tamborrino, Antonia
Ayr, Ubaldo
Berardi, Antonio
Catalano, Pasquale

How to Cite

Bianchi B., Tamborrino A., Ayr U., Berardi A., Catalano P., 2021, Ambient and Personal Noise Exposure Assessment in a Pasta Factory, Chemical Engineering Transactions, 87, 403-408.


Noise pollution is one of the most important risk factors in industrial settings. This study is assessing ambient and personal noise exposure among workers of a pasta factory. Two kinds of measurements were taken; at a fixed work point in three areas and personal ones for different employees; for 8h at different times. Results for the measurements carried out at fixed sample points show that exposure times of = 8h are the same. The highest noise levels are in the press and packaging areas. Worker’s activity is well planned as their movements avoid staying for a long time in areas where their continuous noise exposure can exceed the most critical values. Dosimeter data can be a source of concern for the workers’ health and therefore for their employers. Operators are engaged to work very close to machines; so they are subjected to levels of noise exposure different from that measured in fixed sample points. This study has further confirmed that the risk evaluation is not an exact science; as it doesn’t consist only of technical and mechanical factors, but needs also to consider the factors connected to workers’ interaction with the workplace.
Keywords: Phonometer, dosimeter measures, noise risk assessment, safety procedures.