Can you hear me?
A simple question, one most individuals gifted with the sense of hearing since birth hope always to answer with a resounding “yes”; but what steps are these same individuals taking today, to protect their hearing in the future?
Here at the Strat Training Health and Safety Training Institute based in Gauteng; we are on your side, looking out for your future health, today! That is why we here at Strat Training have taken it upon ourselves to provide, for your edification, a list of Noise Protection Tips for use on construction sites, in factory settings and miscellaneous noisy working environments.
It is unacceptable for any worker in a high noise working environment not to meet the mandatory minimum requirements for noise protection; this may be in the form of high quality industrial type earplugs or over-the-ear earmuffs. These forms of noise protection help prevent hearing loss, while over-the-ear earmuffs protect the outer ear as well.
Be Alert and Aware
Just because your job isn’t in construction, doesn’t mean you aren’t damaging your hearing in your own noisy working environment. Should you work around heavy machinery such as large trucks, your hearing is at risk; should you work rigging and gear at music festivals or concerts, your hearing is at risk; should you work the rollercoaster at a carnival or theme park, your hearing could be at risk! Be vigilant and proactive about your health and hearing; take the essential noise protection precautions in any and all noisy environments to which you are routinely exposed.
Jackhammer + MP3 Player does NOT equal solution to noise!
Many workers who routinely operate in noisy working environments resort to the use of MP3 players blasting through earphones at deafening volumes in an effort to distract themselves from the outside noise. THIS IS NOT A SOLUTION! The use of earphones at the kind of volumes necessary to drown out background noise is extremely damaging to your hearing; especially with repeated use. Invest in a high grade pair of noise cancelling headphones instead.
Have your hearing checked regularly if you routinely work in a noisy environment. Ask your healthcare professional for medical grade noise protection equipment should you already suffer from or be at increased risk of hearing loss.