The alarming fact that as many as nearly a quarter of a million UK people may be suffering some form of hearing damage and over a million could be at future risk should be recognised as a cause for concern. The problems of noisy workplaces, sometimes to an excessive degree, are still with us in particular factories and light manufacturing workshops, and are the reason industrial deafness persists in the post-industrial age.
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Sudden deafness! You don’t know when it will strike! If you’ve been working in an environment continuously exposed to excessive levels of noise from machinery or other industrial or chemical process without adequate ear protection, you are putting yourself at risk of long term hearing damage.
A common enough syndrome, especially as hearing loss usually develops over a period of several years. As a result, the decline is usually painless and gradual, and thus, many people may not notice the imperceptible deterioration in hearing quality.
Fighting to get employers to face up to their responsibilities of safeguarding their workforce, driving home legislation, winning compensation for noise induced hearing loss – this can all be undone if the employees themselves choose to ignore the warning signs and run the risk of hearing damage.
Increased awareness of Health & Safety legislation, and greater individual responsibility within the workplace, are two key factors helping to protect employees avoid the risk of illness, injury and fatality on a daily basis, whatever the circumstances.