REVIEW PAPER
An overview of occupational voice disorders in Poland
 
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Department of Audiology and Phoniatrics, The Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland
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Department of Audiology and Phoniatrics, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, św. Teresy 8, 91-348, Łódź, Poland
 
Int J Occup Med Environ Health 2013;26(5):659–669
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Occupational voice disorders make the most frequently certified category of occupational diseases in Poland, making up approximately 20% of all cases. This study presents the current knowledge of the etiopathogenesis of occupational voice disorders. It stresses the importance of the evaluation of vocal loading by means of objective measurements. Furthermore, this study discusses the medico-legal aspects of the procedure of certifying occupational voice disorders in Poland. The paper also describes the preventive programs addressed particularly to teachers, including multidisciplinary and holistic management of occupational dysphonia. Their role in the improvement of occupational safety and health (OSH) arrangement for vocally demanding professions is emphasized.
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