Industrial deafness is a condition caused by prolonged or sudden exposure to excessively loud noise. Here are the top causes of industrial deafness.
Causes of industrial deafness
The main causes of industrial deafness are:
- Prolonged exposure to the noise generated by machinery or power tools
- Prolonged exposure to excessively loud music
- Sudden exposure to loud noises like explosions, feedback on telephones (such as in a call centre, for instance)
Industries, where workers are at the highest risk of industrial deafness, include, for instance, the construction industry, manufacturing, engineering industries and the music industry. You can find more detailed information on causes of industrial deafness, high-risk industries and more at www.industrialdeafness.org.uk.
Your employer and prolonged exposure to noise
The Health & Safety executive set out noise level guidelines (lower and upper) to help employers protect employees’ hearing.
Lower exposure level
The lower exposure level requiring action by employers is daily or weekly exposure to noise levels of 80dB. At this level of exposure, employers must inform and train employees on noise levels and make suitable hearing protection available.
Upper exposure level
The Health and Safety Executive’s guidelines state that employees should not be expected to work at noise levels exceeding the upper limit of 87dB, even with hearing protection.
It may be argued that employers can do little or nothing about sudden, unexpected loud noises. This is, however, not quite correct. Employers have a legal duty of care to prevent accidents at work. This includes preventing explosions by:
- Ensuring equipment and machinery is regularly checked and maintained in good, safe working order
- Employees are trained in the use of machinery, equipment and potentially dangerous (explosive) substances
If you suffer from occupational deafness because your employer did nothing to prevent work accidents or failed to provide you with adequate hearing protection, you could qualify for a work injury claim.
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Date Published: March 10, 2017
Author: Accident Advice