TWO Blackburn companies have paid out after a retired electrical engineer suffered work-related hearing loss.
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The risk of being affected by hearing damage as a result of exceeding the permissible 8 hours exposure time to continuous 85 dBs in the workplace, was still prevalent up until the 1980s and 90s. Even today, there can still be many employers who are unaware of their responsibilities to protect their workforce from noise induced hearing loss under the Control of Noise at Work Regulations, 2006.
It’s often assumed that exposure to excessive noise levels and the risk of industrial deafness in the workplace were mostly problems of the past, which have been largely eliminated.
The statistics for men and women suffering some form of hearing loss in the UK should give real cause for concern. It is too readily assumed that the advance of research, awareness, technology and legislation had solved most of the circumstances that give rise to widespread noise induced hearing loss.