The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 were brought in to replace the original Noise at Work Regulations of 1989. They are designed to ensure noise levels at work at kept at or below a specific level to preserve the hearing of those exposed to such noise. There is additional information available for workers who are in the entertainment and music industries.
Specific decibel levels are noted in these regulations. These levels should not be exceeded at any time, as they are deemed to be harmful to hearing, especially over longer periods of time. The regulations stipulate that employers should take any and all actions required to preserve the hearing of those at risk. The newer checks also require workers’ hearing to be monitored to ensure no damage is being done. This applies only to workers who are in situations that are regularly noisy at work, rather than those who only occasionally find themselves in these situations.
Claiming compensation for hearing damaged by excessive noise
A person’s hearing can be moderately or severely damaged by excessive noise. This can have a huge impact on the rest of their life. All employers have a duty of care in this respect to ensure the noise levels at work in all situations are not excessive in any way.
If you are considering making a claim for a hearing-related injury in this way (which could also relate to tinnitus) the best bet is to contact professional injury compensation lawyers. They will have the experience you need to ensure you get the right advice from the beginning of this process.
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