Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Chemical and Paper Engineering


Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Imaging

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access



The pulp and paper industry is the fifth largest in the United States, dollar-wise, and is also the third fastest growing industry in the United States (1). There are between 375,000 and 400,000 people employed directly in the pulp and paper mills in the United States and Canada. A nation-wide survey on the importance of noise in this industry is needed to help clarify the effects, if any, that noise has upon its employees.

By definition, noise is non-harmonious sound. When the subject of noise is mentioned, many suggestions are given on places where such a study should be made. Noise is potentially annoying to anyone who can hear, but the annoyance might be greater in some people (6) than in others. Industrial noise is a relatively recent problem brought about largely by the development of machines, the speeding up of these machines (3), and the noises resulting from this speedup.