Archives of Acoustics, 36, 1, pp. 161–171, 2011

Preventing Noise and Vibration During the 60 Years of Activity of the Central Institute for Labour Protection – National Research Institute

Wiktor Marek ZAWIESKA
Central Institute for Labour Protection – National Research Institute

Dariusz PLEBAN
Central Institute for Labour Protection – National Research Institute

In 2010, the Central Institute for Labour Protection – National Research
Institute celebrated the 60th anniversary of its activity. Primary objectives of
the Institute have been and continue to be the protection of employees against
any hazards at work stations. Among the numerous hazards, vibroacoustic ones
are becoming prevailing. Therefore, one can now dare to say that the 60 years
of activity of the Central Institute for Labour Protection have also meant 60
years of preventing noise and vibration in the working environment. For those 60
years of activity, Central Institute for Labour Protection has been associated with
outstanding acousticians and vibration specialists. The first chairperson of the
Scientific Council of the Central Institute for Labour Protection was Professor
Ignacy Malecki, one of the most outstanding Polish scientists. Chairpersons of the
Council have also included Professor Adam Lipowczan and Professor Zbigniew
Engel and the members of the Council have included Professor Stefan Ziemba
and Professor Jerzy Sadowski.
In 1956, the Institute established the Department of Vibration Research, further
transformed into the Department of Technical Acoustics and since 1990 –
the Department of Acoustic and Electromagnetic Hazards. The Department was
founded and for a long time headed by Assistant Professor Czesław Puzyna. Following
Professor Puzyna’s retirement, the Department was headed by Assistant
Professor Danuta Augustynska. At present, it is the Department of Vibroacoustic
Hazards, since 2007 headed by Dariusz Pleban, Ph.D., Eng.
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