The consequences of noise exposure and hearing loss have long been understood, and are becoming more relevant as our aging global population drives impairment rates up. It is estimated that by 2050, over 900 million people will be suffering from disabling hearing loss caused by things like genetic predisposition and long-term exposure to noise in workplaces and other loud environments. That will be about 1 in 10 people. But what does that mean?
We all agree that excessive noise — audible output created by other people — is annoying. But were you aware that noise pollution is an environmental hazard? According to a report issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) in October 2018 and supported by the most rigorous, evidence-based research, noise pollution contributes to heart and circulatory disease, hearing impairment, adverse birth conditions, and mental health and a host of other ailments threatening to diminish our quality of life.
Just like other worksite hazards and health risks such as spills, chemical exposure, falls, heat and radiation exposure, and physical strain, it is necessary to address noise exposure risks for employee safety and legal responsibility. This is what can be done to reduce noise hazards on a worksite.Read more →