Introduction Researchers studying the hearing health of forestry workers have revealed the presence of a noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) in this population and have concluded that the vibration of the equipment, the carbon monoxide released by motors, and pesticides might also contribute to NIHL. Objective To analyze the noise exposure in the Brazilian forestry industry workers and the effects on hearing. Methods The study sample comprised 109 employees of a company that specialized in reforestation. Their participants' mean age was 35.5 years (21 to 54 years), mean tenure at the company was 3.9 years (1 to 13 years), and mean total duration of noise exposure was 12.3 years (1 to 30 years). The existing documentation reporting on the jobs risk analysis was examined, noise level was measured, and pure tone audiometry was performed in all participants. Participants were divided into three groups according to their noise exposure levels in their current job. Results Of the participants who were exposed to noise levels less than 85 dBA (decibels with A-weighting filter), 23.8% had hearing loss, and 5.5% of the participants who were exposed to noise ranging from 85 to 89.9 dBA and 11% of the participants who were exposed to noise greater than 90 dBA had audiogram results suggestive of NIHL. Conclusion The implementation of a hearing loss prevention program tailored to forestry workers is needed.
The objective of this study was to evaluate the sensory profile and acceptability of passion fruit nectar obtained from plants cultivated under different production systems: organic or conventional, with or without shading by intercropping with cassava. The samples were evaluated by Quantitative Descriptive Analysis and Acceptance Testing with hedonic scale. Data from the descriptive profile and acceptance were analyzed by External Preference Mapping, Analysis of Variance and the Fisher's LDS test. Fruits that were not subjected to shading produced nectars with very similar sensory profile and greater acceptance. Unshaded conventional and unshaded organic passion fruit nectars correlated with the attributes "green aroma", "homogeneity" and "sour taste". The greatest differences in acceptance were found between shaded conventional and unshaded organic samples for the attributes of color, flavor and overall quality. External preference mapping showed that the sample of nectar from shaded conventional passion fruit, with lower acceptance, was correlated with the attributes fibrousness and viscosity.
O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o perfil sensorial e a aceitabilidade de néctares de maracujás obtidos de plantas submetidas a diferentes sistemas de produção, orgânico e convencional, com ou sem sombreamento pelo consórcio com mandioca. As amostras foram avaliadas por Análise Descritiva Quantitativa e por teste de aceitação com escala hedônica. Os dados do perfil descritivo e de aceitação foram analisados por Mapa de Preferência Externo, Análise de Variância e teste de comparação de médias de Fisher. Observou-se que os frutos que não foram submetidos ao sombreamento apresentaram néctares com perfil sensorial bastante semelhante e maior aceitação. Néctares de maracujá convencional não sombreado e orgânico não sombreado apresentaram correlação com os atributos aroma verde, homogeneidade e gosto ácido. As maiores diferenças na aceitação foram observadas entre as amostras convencional sombreada e orgânico não sombreada, com diferenças significativas nos atributos de cor, sabor e qualidade global. O Mapa de Preferência Externo apontou que a amostra de néctar convencional sombreado, com menor aceitação, foi correlacionada com os atributos fibrosidade e viscosidade.