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Worried about noise levels in your workplace?

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released its report on the number of people suffering from ear conditions caused by excessive noise at work. One of these conditions is Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL), which is also referred to as ‘occupational deafness’.
A Freedom of Information request by The Mail on Sunday revealed that in the past financial year the Department of Energy and Climate Change has paid £3 million for deafness claims resulting from working in the nationalised coal industry between 1947 and 1994.
Another ear condition is tinnitus. It is a term that describes a sound that someone can hear inside their head, rather than outside of it. The sounds include buzzing, ringing and humming. Typically, this intensifies at night, resulting in lack of sleep for the sufferer.
The industries that are most susceptible to noise in the workplace include:
•    Factories•    Mills•    Construction•    Shipbuilding•    Engineering
Employers have a duty to assess and manage the risks posed by noise at work. This means making sure that the legal exposure to noise is limited and providing employees with hearing protection, in the event the company is unable to do so.
By and large, employees are relatively aware of their employment rights with regards to work-related injuries such as accidents or industrial diseases. However, more work needs to be done to achieve the same level of awareness with occupational deafness. NIHL is a condition that can be caused by excessive exposure to noise levels in the workplace, and one in which sufferers do not necessarily always make the connection between their hearing problem and their working conditions.  Are you concerned that the noise level in your workplace has damaged your hearing?
Speak to a personal injury lawyer – they will be able to give you the expert guidance you need on occupational deafness. Call 01302 320621 or email

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