Did you know that exposure to hazardous noise at work is a major cause of hearing loss in NSW?
Employees can suffer temporary or permanent hearing loss when they’re exposed to workplace noise exceeding the exposure standard of 85 decibels. Hearing loss happens when hair cells in the inner ear are permanently damaged. Once they are destroyed, they never grow back.
Known as noise induced hearing loss (NIHL), the damage usually occurs over a number of years. Often a permanent condition, it can have a negative impact on an employee’s life. There are also cases where loud noises like explosive powered nail guns, firearms, stamping presses and forges can damage hearing instantly. This is called acoustic trauma.
Employers have a legal responsibility to ensure that their workers are not exposed to noise that exceeds the exposure standard. You can find out more about your responsibilities at SafeWork NSW.
Airsafe can help you make sure you comply with your legal obligations and keep your employees protected from excess noise.
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