Your Hearing and Job Safety

Recording the sound of Gun Shots

The CDC reports:

“Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illness in the United States. Each year approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to noise loud enough to damage their hearing.”

The is a staggering figure and is commonly associated with trades involving construction, live entertainment, aircraft maintenance, industrial work and so on. Often, our hearing health is taken for granted when it comes to our overall work safety and is one of the more easily preventable health risks through the planning and use of:

  • Ear plugs
  • Decreased exposure
  • Workplace layout and design
  • Low-noise machinery and equipment purchasing agreements

What I also find important to note is office place noise and its impact to our physical as well as psychological health. Elevated workplace noise has been shown to cause tinnitus (as well as noise induced, tinnitus has also been shown to be caused by anxiety and depression), hypertension and overall can be distracting and potentially lead to inefficient work practices. Especially in open office environments that have been the trend for many years now.

7 Ideas for Reducing Noise In An Open Office
http://www.bizjournals.com/bizjournals/how-to/growth-strategies/2014/03/ideas-for-reducing-noise-in-an-open-office.html?page=all

How Do I reduce Noise
http://www.hse.gov.uk/noise/reducenoise.htm

Being conscientious of the noise in your work place is the first step in remediation. In an office, find out from your employees if noise is a distraction and if it impacts their work or day-to-day interaction with colleagues and clients.

Other informative articles and websites

http://www.centerpointaudio.com/earbud-safety.aspx

 

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