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.

Hearing Conservation

Implementing a Programme of Hearing Conservation in the Workplace

We have come a long way since the early days of the industrial revolution, a period that was characterised by a general disregard by factory owners for the health of their workers. However, despite copious legislation regarding health and safety in the workplace, the incidence of industrial injury remains unacceptably high. While pneumoconiosis and asbestosis may now be less of a concern, the threat to workers’ health continues. Not life-threatening, but certainly life-changing, noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) has now become the most common form of industrial injury. Yet, with a suitable programme of hearing conservation, this too is preventable.