Many people start to lose their hearing as they age. However, it’s also common for industrial workers and people in other professions to have their hearing affected by their jobs. When you work in a noisy environment, the constant levels of high noise can damage your ears and cause you to lose some of your hearing. Tinnitus, which is a ringing in the ears, is also a risk for people who have to work with a lot of noise. Although it’s your employer’s job to help protect your hearing, you also need to act responsibly. Take action to prevent hearing problems by following these rules to protect your ears.
Be Aware of the Law
If you work in a loud environment, such as a construction site or concert venue, your employer should help to protect you. But in order for you to make sure they are taking their responsibility seriously, you should know what is required of them. For example, in Canada you can find industrial noise exposure limits in the Canada Labour Code. You can also find them in the Canada Occupational Safety and Health Regulations. In the UK, noise limits are governed by the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. Usually, your employer will be required to control noise levels. They must provide you with protection over a particular noise level.
Know About Ear Damage
You also need to play your part to keep yourself safe. Your employer should provide education about what you need to do to protect your hearing. However, it’s important to follow the rules they put in place. Learning about the conditions that you could develop acts as an incentive to keep yourself safe. Regular exposure to loud noises could cause deafness. But many deafness claims for compensation from employers are for tinnitus. This condition causes a ringing, buzzing or humming sound. It can be very disturbing and frustrating. It can be difficult to sleep when you have tinnitus, which can be either temporary or permanent.
Wear Protective Gear
When your employer provides you with ear protectors for your work, it’s essential that you wear them. Even if you feel that the noise you work in isn’t that loud, regular exposure can eventually cause damage to your hearing. You should wear ear protectors when using noisy tools and working in environments with loud music or other high noise levels. Most experts agree that you shouldn’t have prolonged exposure to sounds above 80 decibels.
If you feel that your employer isn’t doing an adequate amount to protect your ears, don’t let the problem lie. You can raise the issue with your company’s human resources department. Or do so directly with your employer or superior in a smaller business. It’s important to address any concerns you have for both your safety and your colleagues’, instead of risking temporary or permanent injury.
Protecting your hearing at work falls on your employer’s shoulders, and on yours too. Make sure everyone is playing their role in maintaining safety by helping to encourage safe practices at your workplace.