CORDIS
EU research results

CORDIS

English EN

Noise and industrial chemicals: interaction effects on hearing and balance

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK4-CT-2000-00293

  • Start date

    1 April 2001

  • End date

    31 March 2004

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 474 980

  • EU contribution

    € 1 474 980

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

Objective

It is estimated that some 30 million people may work in environments where industrial chemicals may pose a serious hazard to hearing and balance. The effect of solvents on hearing has largely gone unnoticed as hearing impairment has been attributed to exposure to noise, which coexists in industry and the possibility of potentiation by solvents remains unchecked. This study will
a) Develop an appropriate test battery and unified protocols to examine individual exposure to solvents and noise and their effect on the peripheral and central audio-vestibule systems
b) Determine the dose/response relationships of exposure to toluene, styrene, xylem, trichloroethylene, and carbondisulfide alone and in the presence of noise in workers exposed to these in industries across Europe
c) Determine the mechanisms of action of the toxicants and the influence of other risk factors
d) Develop Hearing Conservation strategies that incorporate solvent ototoxicity.

Leaflet | Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, Credit: EC-GISCO, © EuroGeographics for the administrative boundaries

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

Address

Gray'S Inn Road 330
Wc1x 8ee London

United Kingdom

Participants (7)

FINNISH INSTITUTE OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH

Finland

INSTITUTE OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

Poland

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH

United States

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR WORKING LIFE

Sweden

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH

Denmark

NATIONAL REASEARCH AND SAFETY INSTITUTE FOR THE PREVENTION OF OCCUPATIONAL ACCIDENTS AND DISEASES

France

THE NOFER INSTITUTE OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE

Poland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK4-CT-2000-00293

  • Start date

    1 April 2001

  • End date

    31 March 2004

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 474 980

  • EU contribution

    € 1 474 980

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom