this edition of framework:afield, entitled the sound of work, workplaces and working machines, has been produced in switzerland by stefan paulus. for more information on his work, see http://www.NoWhere-NowHere.org. producer’s notes:
The sound of work, workplaces and working machines.
Human factors and ergonomics sciences have been dealing with noise as workload for several decades. For this purpose, a huge range of instruments and methods already exists. Labour inspectors measure noise levels and using sound pressure measurement methods. Average levels indicate a health hazard. DIN norms regulate employment conditions. But individual impressions of noise less than 85dB aren’t part of these methods or norms. Therefore, annoying quiet sounds for example aren’t listed as dangerous to health and the sensory perception as a cognitive instrument of subjective perceived workloads caused by noise are less a component of human factors and ergonomics sciences and DIN standards. […]Read more