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Saturday, February 9 • 9:25am - 9:45am
Noise Exposure of Sugar Cane Factory Workers in Guatemala

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Hazardous noise exposure has been identified as a hearing health risk in sugar industry workers (Rao et al, 2015, Rocha et al, 2010). Suryaprakasa et al (2015) have reported sound pressure levels ranging between 85 to 96 dB[A] in the working population of a sugar mill in Andrhra Pradesh, India. Representative noise dosimetry studies were conducted on 51 workers performing 22 sugar cane mill jobs in a Guatemalan sugar mill. The majority of departments/jobs exceeded the ACGIH/NIOSH recommended exposure limit of 100% noise dose (85 dBA time-weighted average). Noise doses ranged from a low of 51.9% to an extreme of 25174%. Ninety percent of noise dosimetry samples were between 50% to 1200% dose. Sugar mill workers are at risk of noise-induced hearing loss and a hearing loss prevention program including engineering noise control is recommended for these workers.

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Ashley Stumpf

Doctor of Audiology Student, University of Northern Colorado Student
Ashley Stumpf is a 4thyear doctor of audiology (Au.D.) student at the University of Northern Colorado. Currently, she is completing a final year externship at a neuro-otology practice, Denver Ear Associates. Her academic interests include hearing loss prevention due to noise exposure... Read More →


Alex A. Cruz Aguilar, MD

Alex A. Cruz Aguilar, MD es Jefe de servicios de salud de Pantaleon, S.A. Operación Guatemala, donde gestiona programas de salud médica, salud odontológica y salud ocupacional.  Es médico y Cirujano de la Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, tiene Post grado en Ginecología... Read More →

Dr. Claudia Asensio, DrPH, RN

Dr. Claudia Asensio, DrPH, RN manages the Sustainability and New Products division for Pantaleon, a sugarcane, ethanol and energy production company headquartered in Guatemala with operations in five Latin American countries. Sustainability integrates environmental and social systems... Read More →
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Grant Erlandson

Grant Erlandson is a PhD candidate at Colorado State University in the industrial hygiene program.  He received his B.S. and M.S. in Environmental Health from Colorado State.  His research has focused on workplace exposures to noise, chemical and biological contaminants, and subsequent... Read More →
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Jennifer Ruths, B.A.

Jennifer Ruths, B.A., is a 4th year audiology doctoral student and will graduate from the University of Northern Colorado in May 2019 with her Au.D.. She is currently completing her externship at Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. Jen’s interests... Read More →

Lee S. Newman, M.D., M.A.

Lee S. Newman, M.D., M.A. is Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health, and Professor of Epidemiology in the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado. He is also Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine in the... Read More →

Lyndsay K. Krisher, MPH

Lyndsay K. Krisher, MPH is Senior Professional Research Assistant in the Center for Health, Work & Environment (CHWE) at the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Denver. She serves as the project manager for the CHWE’s international Total Worker Health® research... Read More →

Williams D. Pilloni Alessio, MD

Williams D. Pilloni Alessio, MD, is a physician and surgeon graduated from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala. Currently, he is the coordinator of the Occupational Health area at Pantaleon’s operations in Guatemala. He oversees planning, organization and execution of Occupational... Read More →

Saturday February 9, 2019 9:25am - 9:45am PST
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