Workplace related hearing loss has been a health and safety concern in the workplace for many years. Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) this year revealed that there are about 20,000 new cases of work-related noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) reported every year. The highest rates occur in the energy and extraction, construction and manufacturing industries.
The improvement in the safety equipment available to those working in these sectors has vastly improved the situation, but there are still a number of people who suffer every year due to their noisy working conditions. In 2005, the Control of Noise at Work Regulations were published, requiring employers to assess, monitor and control the risks to their employees’ health from exposure to noise. When noise is unavoidable, steps must be taken (protective equipment) to ensure that the risk is reduced to an acceptable level.
The HSE runs campaigns on a number of health and safety issues, and noise control is no exception with the ‘Buy Quiet’ campaign promoting consumer demand for low noise tools and machinery. Even if protective equipment is worn, this doesn’t solve the root of the problem – only muffles it. If consumer demand for such ‘quiet’ machinery was improved, and commercial advantages were seen by manufacturers the root of the hearing problem could be easily quashed.
If you require personal protective equipment, visit our products pages where you can search for relevant items or call one of the Britannia team on 0800 014 9016.