Who is at risk from loud noise?

A wide range of workplaces and industries involve exposure to loud and prolonged noise, including:

  • workshops;
  • sawmills;
  • foundries;
  • canning or bottling plants;
  • pubs, clubs, live music venues and discos;
  • textile manufacture;
  • farm work and forestry;
  • construction and road building;
  • call centres;
  • classroom teaching;
  • demolition or road repair;
  • woodworking;
  • plastics processing;
  • engineering;
  • general fabrication;
  • forging, pressing or stamping; and
  • paper or board making.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) lists examples of tools, processes and equipment that can cause hearing loss:

  • hammering;
  • drop forging;
  • pneumatic impact tools, etc.;
  • drills;
  • chainsaws; and
  • explosive sources such as cartridge-operated tools or detonators, or guns.

But the list is by no means exhaustive, e.g. telephones can also cause problems.

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