Our worksites are noisy, and noise is one of the most common safety hazards for industry workers. Failing to protect your hearing can lead to permanent hearing loss.
It goes without saying that we all want to enjoy conservations with our families or listening to music for the rest of our lives. So, let’s take steps to protect the hearing of workers on our construction sites.
Workers may be exposed to hazardous noise levels from vehicles and equipment for extended periods during their workday. But hearing damage, and the related symptoms, typically take time to develop. This is why employers are required to provide hearing tests for workers exposed to average noise levels above 85 dBA. Employers must also take the appropriate measures to control the risk of hearing loss through personal protective equipment such as earplugs or earmuffs.
Hearing loss is preventable, so let’s do something about it. Refer to the Safety Talks and safe-work procedures on the WORKSAFELY™ website here. Any additional questions can be directed to your WORKSAFELY™ regional advisor.