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Turn a Deaf Ear….

10th July 13

Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is commonly believed to be a legacy of the age of heavy industry, steel works and mills. In contrast cases are on the increase.

Noise is one of the most common workplace hazards. Workers in many industries and occupations are exposed to noise levels that are so high that their hearing can be damaged. Sometimes the noise may not even be considered to be noise — such as the very loud music to which entertainers and food and beverage servers are exposed in bars and nightclubs. If the sound is loud enough and workers are exposed to it for long enough, their hearing will be damaged. Fortunately, work-related hearing loss is preventable. 

Employers are responsible for minimising the noise hazard at their workplaces and must comply with the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. This includes measuring and monitoring sound levels — what needs to be done to protect workers depends on the level and type of noise at the workplace. Measuring sound levels identifies noise sources and those workers most likely to be exposed to noise exceeding the lower action value. Employers must the control noise exposure through engineering controls, administrative controls or by providing workers with appropriate personal hearing protection before carrying out monitoring and enforcing the use of control measures.

For further information on what the requirements might mean for you, please contact SRM who can assist with noise assessments and implementing controls.

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