The 15th to the 21st May marks Deaf Awareness Week. The importance of this week is to promote awareness surrounding partial hearing loss and deafness.

According to The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), an estimated 20,000 people suffered from NIHL (Noise-Induced Hearing Loss) caused or made worse by work from the periods of 2013-2016. The number of cases have declined over the past ten years, this will have been impacted by the introduction of The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations act which came in to force in 1992, and The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 which came in to force for all industry sectors in Great Britain on 6th April 2006.

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is equipment that protects workers against health and safety risks whilst working. Employers need to look at ways in which they can reduce the amount of noise workers are exposed to. If this cannot be done due to the working environment they are in, PPE will need to be introduced effectively. The type of PPE used to protect workers ears would be Ear Defenders, as these absorb sound waves by increasing air resistance which reduces the amplitude of the waves.

Employers have duties concerning the provision and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) at work. The various Health and Safety courses we offer teaches how to control noise in the workplace, as well as discussing the guidelines and what Personal Protective Equipment should be used to keep workers safe. The training courses that cover this are The NEBOSH National General Certificate, the IOSH Managing Safely and the Level 3 Health and Safety courses. We can deliver these as open courses at our training rooms in Sunderland or Billingham, and we can also deliver these in your business premises. Click here to contact us to discuss your training needs.