The first edition of Noise and the Worker was published by the Ministry of Labour in 1963. This marked a turning point in educating employers and holding negligent parties responsible over long term damage to hearing, particularly at that time within ship building and other heavy industry.
More recently, the Control of Noise at Work Regulations, 2005, stipulates that companies must provide health surveillance for workers regularly exposed to an upper limit of 85 decibels – roughly that of busy traffic, or a stereo played at a moderate volume.
Who is Most at Risk?
A Labour Force Survey carried out between 2009-2012 by the Health and Safety Executive reports in excess of 19,000 cases of hearing impairment caused or made worse by work.
– This accounts for 75% of all occupational disease claims.
The Labour Force Survey observed a correlation between reported cases of NIHL and working practices involving:
- Glass Bottling Lines
- Packaging Machinery
- Blast Chillers/Freezers
- Wheeled Trolleys/Racks
- Sawing/Cutting Machinery
- Pneumatic Noise/Compressed Air
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