October 2005

Protect employees' hearing | Safe Solutions

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Protect employees' hearing

by Peter Greenbaum
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Most workplaces have potential safety hazards. When protecting employees, roofing contractors focus on the more obvious hazards, such as fall protection and burns.

However, in many work environments, noise-induced hearing loss often is an overlooked occupational hazard. Hearing damage resulting from overexposure to excessive noise levels is insidious because it occurs gradually. And because it has no visible effects, hearing damage often goes undetected.

During the course of a day, roofing workers may operate roof cutters and saws and work near gas-powered generators, which can produce extremely loud noise levels. As a result, hearing protection may be required.

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