Hearing Conservation Programme

The Importance of Adopting Hearing Conservation Measures in the Workplace

  The ability to hear is a gift that has a tendency to remain largely unappreciated until it is lost. Sadly, however, our modern lifestyles are such that more and more individuals have been finding themselves prematurely robbed of this priceless ability. While hearing loss may simply be the consequence of advancing years, it is no longer Father Time who is the principal thief, but excessively loud noise, particularly but not exclusively, in the workplace. Although there may be a practical limit to what can be done to promote hearing conservation measures in the outside world, within the workplace, there is now legislation in place that is designed to protect employees from the ill-effects of prolonged exposure to excessively loud noise.

Ear Protection

Why the Correct Type of Ear Protection Is So Essential

  While industrialisation and technological advances have done much to improve our lifestyles, these advances have also had their downside – one of which is the impact on public health. In addition to the negative effects of the more visible phenomenon of atmospheric pollution caused by factories and vehicles, and its role in respiratory disease, noise is proving to be an even greater threat. Not only does noise-induced hearing loss now rank as the leading form of industrial injury, but it is also responsible for the growing incidence of auditory impairment in children.

National Safety Editorial April 2018

BATTERY OF HEARING TESTS, MINIMISING REFERRALS


Hearing is one of our most precious senses and when damaged can affect job performance, health, as well as personal and occupational productivity. Hearing damage from noise is fully preventable when the right precautions are taken. Despite all that is known about noise and its effects on health, NIHL remains one of the most commonly reported occupational diseases.