MANY ACTIVITIES AT WORK, IN MANY PROFESSIONS, MAY RESULT IN HARMFUL SUBSTANCES CONTAMINATING THE AIR IN THE FORM OF DUST, MIST, GAS OR FUMES
SOME PROFESSIONS OBVIOUS,
OTHERS LESS SO.
Research indicates that a significant amount of the RPE in use does not offer the user the expected level of protection because it does not fit.
It is a legal requirement that workers using tight fitting respiratory protective equipment (face pieces/masks) must be fitted tested by a competent person.
MANY WORKERS IN THE UK ARE EXPOSED TO NOISE LEVELS WHICH MAY BE HARMFUL TO THEIR HEARING.
NOISE CAN BE AN ISSUE IN MANY COMMON JOB TYPES, SOME PARTICULARLY HIGH RISK ENVIRONMENTS INCLUDE BUILDING SITES, AIRPORT APRONS, WORKSHOPS AND NIGHTCLUBS
Over one million employees in Great Britain are exposed to levels of noise that put their hearing at risk, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
NIHL, or noise-induced hearing loss, is one of the most prevalent occupational health problems, but it is often overlooked by the employer. Employees must, therefore, be protected.
According to the Institute of Actuaries, there were nearly 60,000 industrial deafness notifications in the UK in 2013. Once noise-induced hearing loss has taken place, it is irreversible. Clearly prevention is the most sensible option here as, currently, 1 in 7 of the UK population are either deaf or hard of hearing.
The increasing claim culture dictates that employers must comply with their legal duties as detailed in the ‘The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005’. These regulations reduced the previous action levels and also introduced Legal Limits for daily noise exposure. These changes were driven by a European Directive in a long term attempt to eliminate noise-induced hearing loss in the workplace.