Noise levels can get high during construction work, especially in concrete work, street and highway construction, and carpentry. A 1995 survey estimated that out of 5 million construction workers, more than 750 thousand were exposed to dangerous noise levels of 85 dBA and above. This can result in permanent hearing loss. While permanent hearing loss cannot be cured, it can be prevented.
Hearing protection equipment is one of the main ways in which a worker can significantly reduce noise levels in the work place. There are several types of hearing protection equipment, such as:
- Roll down foam
- Reusable earplugs
- Custom moulded
- Canal caps
There is no hearing protection equipment that is the best for all types of situations. Foam earplugs and earmuffs generally provide the greatest amount of noise reduction. Canal caps and preformed plugs, on the other hand, may be more practical if the work generates only moderate levels of noise.
Employers are usually responsible in making sure that all workers are adequately protected against dangerous noise levels that can result in impaired hearing. The other methods of limiting workers’ exposure to dangerous noise levels include:
- Using prefabricated noise barriers;
- Using quieter tools and equipment;
- Reducing the number of hours working in hazardous noise areas;
Posting signs where noise levels are high and dangerous.
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