Hearing Awareness Week is held annually from Sunday 21 – Saturday 27 August.
Hearing Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of just how precious and fragile hearing is and what we can do to protect ourselves and others from noise injuries.
Noise-induced hearing loss is a major concern in Australia. According to a 2010 publication ‘Occupational noise-induced hearing loss in Australia’ released by Safe Work Australia, between July 2002 and June 2007, there were approximately 16500 “successful workers compensation claims for industrial deafness involving permanent impairment due to noise.”
Currently, one in six Australians suffers from hearing loss, with this number expected to increase to one in four by 2050.
Controlling risks of noise exposure
Noise management practices can assist workplaces in controlling noise levels and exposure to workers, thus reducing the risk of hearing loss.
Following the hierarchy of control to manage excessive noise levels:
- Eliminating the noise source.
- Buy Quiet! Substitute noisy machinery with quieter alternatives
- Use engineering controls to isolate the noise at the source or transmission path e.g. using sound dampeners or silencers and noise barriers.
- Introducing administrative noise control measures e.g. education, training, job rotation, job redesign and roster changes
- Providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) e.g. earmuffs
Noise Management Products
Health and safety documents to help your business manage the risks of noise exposure.
- Documents for Australia:
- Document for New Zealand: