Approximately 1 million employees in the UK are currently at risk of developing industrial deafness according to statistics compiled by the Health and Safety Executive. Of these people, most will work in a particular profession that will be classed as a high risk for employees developing hearing problems as a consequence of their work environment.
Workers in a wide range of industries are exposed to high levels of noise in the workplace, the most common of there are noted below.
Industries susceptible to industrial deafness
- Call centres
- Furniture manufacturing
- Heavy fabrication
- Machinery and equipment manufacture
- Motor vehicles
- Rubber and plastics
- Textile manufacturing
It is the duty of your employer to adhere to the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 which is a set of guidelines put in place to ensure that workers’ health (specifically hearing) is not at risk when carrying out their daily duties.
If you are concerned about the levels are noise present in your work environment consult our section on employers legal responsibility to see whether the correct measures have been put in place to safeguard the wellbeing of the workforce.