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Date PostedOctober 5, 2012

White Card Update: Construction workers beware of damage to your hearing

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There are so many noise producing elements on a construction site that workers need to be aware of the precautions to take in order to avoid permanent damage to their ears. Also noise can be a distraction on site which can prove disastrous when engaging in a dangerous task that requires your complete attention. Noise commonly leads to a lack of concentration which leads to accidents and injuries.

Another issue relating to noise on site is the damage to workers hearing especially because hearing loss can be slow and gradual, without any pain or physical symptoms and is irreversible. For this reason it is essential to utilise PPE hearing protection such as earplugs or ear muffs, depending on the hazard and the level of noise the worker is exposed to.

Some of the ways noise on site can be overcome are by keeping machinery and equipment well maintained and serviced to avoid excess noise, changing equipment to less noisier options, scheduling shifts and rotating workers to avoid them being exposed for extended periods of time, placing a barrier between the worker and the noise, using personal hearing protection such as ear plugs and possibly moving noisy machinery into an isolated area or insulated room.


Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning and web strategy firm based in George St Brisbane. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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