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Noise from road traffic and its effects on the central nervous system of informal and formal commercial traders in the centre of Barquisimeto.
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Noise as undesirable sound is extremely common in urban areas undergoing development, where there is an agglomeration of motor vehicles, which create a serious environmental problem with repercussions for people¿s health. This environmental scourge is currently one of the most invasive forms of pollution routinely emitted into the atmosphere, and has given rise to concern by international bodies responsible for protecting the quality of people¿s lives. Amongst these, particularly prominent are the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Standards Organisation (ISO). These organisations have established standards in relation to permissible noise levels and continuously carry out research on the basis of which legislation is designed. This has been very useful for evaluating the levels of noise intensity caused by motor vehicle traffic in the centre of Barquisimeto, Venezuela. This is an area where informal and formal commerce merge, and where workers are being seriously affected by noise emissions as it is also an area of intense road traffic, which causes a series of emotional disturbances, and disorders of physiological and cognitive function as the central nervous system¿s response to this noise. The aim of this research project is to study the correlation that exists between the noise caused by road traffic in relation to the length of exposure and the effects observed on the central nervous system of the workers in the commercial sector so as to make it possible to reach a scientific understanding of the cause and effect of noise as an environmental contaminant that affects the lives of citizens.
19th International Congress on Acoustics (ICA 2007)
Madrid, España
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  • Autor: Manuel Recuero Lopez (UPM)
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  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Investigación en Instrumentación y Acústica Aplicada (I2A2)
  • Centro o Instituto I+D+i: Instituto Universitario de Investigación del Automóvil (INSIA)
  • Departamento: Ingeniería Mecánica y de Fabricación
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