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Guide to hearing protection launchedPosted on 13/02/2009

Guide to hearing protection launched

A new guide has been launched to advise employers on how they can protect their workers' hearing.

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) guide aims to combat the high incidence of hearing-related problems caused in the workplace and provides information on the Control of Noise at Work Regulations.

It also includes information on employers' duties, what safety representatives can do to ensure employers do not put workers' hearing at risk and acceptable noise levels.

'Once your hearing is gone it will not come back, however it is easily preventable simply by removing or reducing the exposure to noise. Yet even today over one million employees in Great Britain are exposed to levels of noise which put their hearing at risk,' the body states.

According statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 70,000 people in the UK suffer deafness, tinnitus or other ear conditions as a result of exposure to excessive noise in the workplace.

Earlier this week, the HSE held an event in Paisley aimed at highlight ways for both businesses and contractors in the construction sector to prevent accidents and fatalities.

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