Personal noise exposures of operators of agricultural tractors

Aybek A., Kamer H. A. , Arslan S.

APPLIED ERGONOMICS, vol.41, no.2, pp.274-281, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 41 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.apergo.2009.07.006
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.274-281
  • Keywords: Tractor operations, Noise, Sound pressure level, Cabin, HEARING-LOSS, WORKERS
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: No


Approximately one million agricultural tractors are used in Turkey for crop production and about one-third of the population lives in rural areas. The objectives of this study were to determine sound pressure levels, A-weighted sound pressure levels, and the permissible exposure time for tractors without cabins, field-installed cabins, and original cabins at ear level of agricultural tractor operators for following machines: plows, cultivators, top soil cultivators, rotary tillers, tool combinations (harrow + roller), mechanical drills, pneumatic drills, chemical applicators, fertilizer applicators, drum mowers, balers, and forage harvesters.