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Date PostedSeptember 30, 2013

Hearing Awareness Update: Overcoming the Hazards Associated with Noise

September is the International Hearing Awareness Month and is a reminder to everyone to protect their hearing.

All across the world events are taking place such as free hearing screenings and seminars to educate people about hearing protection.

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In no other industry is the issue of hearing protection as important as it is in the construction sector and industries where tradespeople are involved. This is because the tools, equipment and work processes on a construction site are noisier than people would experience in other work environments such as an office for example.

The problem is further compounded by the fact that construction worker’s are exposed to numerous hazards and need to be able to hear fully in order to keep themselves safe on site and be aware of hazards. For example where the noise level is extremely high or a worker’s hearing is impaired, he/she may not be able to hear the reversing beepers of a construction truck and could be run over by the vehicle. There are many situations on a construction site where a worker’s inability to hear adequately can place them at risk of injury or death.

Hearing awareness month is also a time to focus on those people with hearing impairments. So in addition to prevention of hearing loss, we also need to address living with hearing disabilities.

Workers should go for hearing screenings to determine whether their hearing ability has deteriorated over time because of exposure to excessive noise.

 

Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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