It’s important to wear noise protective equipment in a loud environment in order to reduce the deterioration of hearing through exposure to loud noises. Industrial deafness is a leading cause for accident at work claims.
If you are an employer, it’s important to know that you are legally required to provide your employees with hearing protectors if they request them and their noise exposure is between the lower and upper exposure action values.
What sort of noise protective equipment should you purchase?
It’s important to choose the correct type of noise protective equipment best suited for the environment in which your employees work. This is mainly a choice between inner-ear and outer-ear protection such as earmuffs.
Protectors should be able to reduce the noise level below 85 dB at the ear. It is also important to ensure that the protectors are comfortable and hygienic, for example, if they must be worn in conjunction with a hard hat, dust mask or eye protection.
Where can I obtain noise protection equipment?
Noise protection equipment can be obtained at almost any store that provides work clothes and equipment, such as overalls and hard hats. Noise protection equipment may also be purchased online from a number of specialist retailers.
It is important to ensure that the protectors meet regulation standards. Poor or inadequate noise protective equipment may not actively protect against occupational deafness.
Can I claim compensation if I’ve been affected by work-related hearing loss?
If you’ve suffered work-related hearing impairment, you could be entitled to claim compensation provided that your ailment was sustained through no fault of your own.
What can Accident Advice Helpline do for me?
With just a few clicks, you can find out online if you may be eligible to qualify for compensation by taking our 30-second test. A family member can also phone on your behalf in order to discuss a claim for compensation with one of our friendly, professional advisors.
Accident Advice Helpline is one of the UK’s leading law firms when it comes to all areas of personal injury compensation. We can help you to claim the compensation you deserve. A claim for compensation won’t take away the pain and distress of an injury but help to alleviate the financial difficulties that arise as the result of a work-related injury.
Contact us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.