In the welding and allied industries, it is often difficult to reduce noise.
The use of screens and sound absorbing materials on walls and roofs can help to dampen sound reflection, however, activities such as grinding, gouging and chipping should be designated to a specific area.This will help to shield the general work force but will not necessarily protect the operator from the noise of the process.
Across both Australia and New Zealand, there are regulatory obligations that require employers to provide workers with suitable hearing protection.This hearing protection must always be worn when in a designated noise area.
It should also be worn in an environment where excessive noise is likely, even if only intermittently, as damage takes place over a long period of time.
Hearing loss is gradual, and its effects may not be noticed until it is too late.
Hearing loss is the most common workplace disease in Australia and New Zealand. Hearing loss can be easily avoided if the right measures are put in place. Having a risk assessment program that involves education, training and wearing the right hearing protection can go a long way in helping to protect employees.
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