The law is clear, employers must ensure that all work equipment and machines does not emit noise that can be dangerous to hearing. If employers are not able to reduce the noise levels they must provide suitable ear protection, guidance, training and job rotation to eliminate the dangers.
However, thousands of workers are exposed to excessive noise at work that can give rise to hearing loss (Noise Induced Deafness) and many workers do not claim until later on in life, as the disability is insidious.
And some of the common industries where there is excessive noise exposure are:
- Steel Works and Iron Foundries
- Coal Mining Industry (both underground and on the surface)
- Sheet Metal Works and Coach Building
- Construction Industry
- Textile Industry
- Food Processing Industry
- Power Stations
Excessive noise exposure over a prolonged period of time can cause the following symptoms and difficulties:
- Hearing loss
- Hearing difficulties when there is back-ground noise
- Difficulty conversing
- Problems when using the telephone
- Difficulty hearing the door-bell
- Ringing, whistling or buzzing in the ears (a medical condition known as Tinnitus)
Even if you left your noisy employment many years ago it is still possible to succeed with a claim for compensation for Noise Induced Hearing Loss.