Hearing Protection from Noise at Work
By FHS, Feb 13 2015 10:30PM
Noise at work is a very complex issue. Its importance is due to the fact that it can affect workers in irreversible ways e.g. Tinnitus (a constant ringing, rumbling or whistling in the ears) and Noise Induced Hearing Loss. For workers who suffer hearing damage the implications can also go beyond health, giving them social problems due to the difficulty interacting with their friends and families.
Employees aren’t always aware of the implications that may occur if they don’t protect their hearing. They have a duty to adhere to precautions that exist in their workplaces; however responsibility to educate staff and enforce safety lies with the employers. They have to provide their employees both information and training - especially with regard to the use of hearing protection.
This is not optional, but mandatory by law – Regulation 10 of the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 says that people exposed to noise which is likely to be at or above a lower action value have to be given adequate information, instruction and training.
The staff who should be trained are the following:
*All who are likely to have daily personal exposure at or above the HSE’s lower action value for noise;
*Every person who enters an ear protection zone;
*Those who have the responsibility for making sure that ear protection is worn correctly.