Johnson Law Solicitors – industrial deafness and tinnitus

Date published: 11 September 2014

Johnson Law Solicitors are working to raise awareness of the dangers of excessive noise in the workplace.

They warn that one million people in the UK are at risk of developing deafness and tinnitus, and that employers should be aware of the risk.

David Johnson from Johnson Law said: “If your job consistently exposes you to noise levels of 80dB or more, then you are at risk of developing industrial deafness or tinnitus, and your employer has a duty to minimise this risk.”

Call centres, night clubs, bars and factories are among the loudest places to work, and those in the construction industry are also susceptible, with widely-used tools such hand drills and chainsaws reaching up to 115dB.

David Johnson added: “If you feel you’re at risk of deafness or tinnitus at work, raise the issue with your employer and take preventative steps to protect yourself.

Wear appropriate ear protection such as earplugs, and give your ears time to recover. This means 16 hours of quiet if you’re exposed to 100dB of noise.”

Unfortunately there is no cure for tinnitus, but if you suffer from it, listening to relaxing sounds is often a helpful distraction. Cognitive behavioural therapy can help manage symptoms.

Johnson Law Solicitors
29-31 Knowsley Street
T: Freephone 0800 130 0699
F: 01204 520 777

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