High Pressure Sound Level

pohtiongho By pohtiongho, 15th Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Are you working in environment where the sound pressure is higher than normal? How do you protect your hearing system?

High Pressure Sound Level

One incident I had to solve was people working in enclosed areas where the noise level was dB(A) 88 or above all the time. These workers had to work 12 hours per day, six days per week. Without using the earmuffs or earplugs, people would start to lose their hearing capability within a few weeks. When they found out it was always too late. All workers who have to work in high Sound Pressure Level area, dB(A) 85 and above, must be briefed on the hazards of noise exposure. I also came across workers in these areas not willing to put on the earmuffs provided, giving the excuse the earmuffs would make them sweat more profusely. They also cited that they worked for many weeks there and non-of them had hearing problem.
Noise level must be maintained below 65 dBA during the day time. The use of noise buffers such as hoarding must be encouraged. Noise level must not exceed 55 dBA during night time if the workers are sleeping near the construction yards.
If a worker must be exposed to a location where the noise level is 80 dBA or higher, for more than one hour, protective ear muffs must be worn.
Majority of our Asian contractors still think of industrial safety as a burden and a waste of time and money. They must be educated to understand that industrial safety will actually increase their productivity and lower the production cost.
As the average education level of the workers grows higher, a day will come when many of these workers are able to sue the employers for damages like noise-induced hearing loss, loss of eye-sight etc. The subsequent compensation claims could be very high.

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Dba, Ear Muffs, Enclosed Area, Hearing Loss

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author avatar pohtiongho
18th Jun 2014 (#)

Hearing loss can be a very difficult thing to prove in a court of law. How many of the employees were tested for hearing capacity before they were recruited?
When an employee has a severe hearing problem the employer can simply terminate the poor guy’s service. Is it cheap for an employee to hire a lawyer and fight for compensation? In the court house, the employer can simply say that employee already had hearing problem when he or she was recruited.

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