Working without the proper safety equipment hasn’t always been understood; only now are we coming to realise that the manual jobs undertaken for generations were actually causing serious medical conditions, such as fatal breathing problems for those that previously worked with asbestos, or hearing loss and tinnitus for those that worked with loud equipment. Today thankfully we know all about the hazards of working in such environments, and in this guide we talk you through 7 jobs where hearing protection is absolutely essential.
1. Factory worker
There are an innumerable amount of machines within a factory that may mean the operator needs ear protection; eye guards should always be freely available by the machine (for any employers reading, this isn’t just advisory, it’s a legal requirement).
2. Tree Surgeon
Tree surgeons work with many pieces of equipment that pose a serious threat to their hearing; chain saws, stump grinders and chippers are not only a reason to wear ear protectors on their own, but when they’re all operated at the same time (as is often the case), the need to protect a tree surgeon’s hearing becomes ever more important.
3. Road Layer
Road layers have a lot to contend with, from toxic chemicals getting into their eyes and down their throat, to dealing with equipment that requires robust ear protection from the moment they start work to the moment they leave.
OK, so this entry may surprise you, after all, when have you ever seen a DJ with ear guards on? Rest assured however, there are plenty that do, all be it on smaller scales than industrial workers. You may well be asking how they then hear; well, they use special in ear, ear guards that allow sufficient noise to pass through without letting the damaging vibrations affect the ear drums that can cause tinnitus in later life. Notably in the worst case scenario, there have been a significant number of DJs that have actually gone partially or completely deaf during middle age.
5. The army
Being the army on active duty is undeniably one of the toughest jobs in the world, and being around live battle unsurprisingly is pretty tough on the hearing if proper equipment isn’t worn. It’s safe to say however that the army are pretty hot on their employees having the right equipment, so their hearing at least is one thing that’s relatively safe.
6. Body shop workers
Body shop workers in garages have to work with many pieces of equipment that produce some of the most high pitched noises around; so not only do they need to protect their face, eyes, mouth and skin, they also have to wear ear guards, all whilst doing a job that works with hundreds of degree centigrade equipment; we can’t imagine that’s much fun in the summer!
Working on a building site is a job that encounters the most wide and varied number of noises that could damage a person’s hearing. Unfortunately there are a significant number of builders who still avoid wearing ear guards, which will undoubtedly lead to hearing issues in later life.
Falcon industrial provide all the equipment needed in jobs where ears need to be protected. They also stock everything for keeping you, or your staff safe in their day to day jobs.