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Industrial deafness » Noise at work


Over 1.1 million people work in noisy environments that can be damaging to their hearing. All sorts of professionals can be vulnerable to industrial deafness, including machinists, textiles workers, engineers, airline pilots, call centre staff, and even teachers.

It can be difficult to know just how much noise you are being exposed to at work. Noise levels can be consistently be at a relatively high level or periods of time can pass where noise levels are very high and then much lower.

Noise calculators

If you believe that noise levels at your workplace are too high and you are worried that you may be exposed to the chance of industrial deafness, the following spreadsheets from the Health and Safety Executive (compatible with Microsoft Excel 2000 and later) can help you to measure the noise you are exposed to.

Daily Noise Exposure Calculator

This daily noise calculator can help you analyse noise levels very precisely. It allows you to enter the level of noise for periods of time as short as 15 minutes or as long as an hour that will represent your workday. You will then be able to see if you are exposed to dangerous noise and if so, the times that you are most at danger of suffering hearing damage.

Weekly Noise Exposure Calculator

The weekly noise exposure calculator lets you see if you are being exposed to dangerous noise levels over a week at work. You can enter the average noise level that you work in on a daily basis and see an average over a week.

How much noise?

If your daily work levels exceed 80 dB, your employer should provide you with hearing protection, such as ear plugs or ear defenders, as well as informing you of the hearing damage that can occur from too much noise.

If your daily work levels exceed 85 dB, your employer must enforce the use of hearing protection in the workplace, as well as marking areas where noise is dangerously loud.

Claiming industrial deafness compensation

If you have developed industrial deafness or tinnitus because your employer failed to control the levels of noise or provide proper hearing protection, you may be able to make a compensation claim.

You will be able to claim damages for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity (not being able to do day to day activities), as well as the costs and losses that your industrial deafness has caused you. These costs and losses include prescription costs, loss of earnings, and medical expenses, amongst others.

Using our personal injury service will cost you absolutely nothing. Our panel of personal injury solicitors work on a no win, no fee basis and ensure that you are totally protected from legal costs.

If you wish to find out more about making an industrial deafness claim, please call 01582 437070 or fill in an online claim form.