With Hearing Awareness Week having just ended its important that we put some of the knowledge gained into action, particularly when it comes to controlling noise exposure in the workplace.
Remember 37 per cent of haring loss is due to noise injury and is preventable. Also keep in mind that once you have lost hearing, it cannot be regained, so prevention of hearing loss is crucial.
In order to control noise in the workplace employers must
- Eliminate the source of the noise
- Buy quieter machinery
- Use administrative controls such as training staff and job rotation to control noise
- Provide workers with PPE and train them on its use