Personal noise dosimeters and sound level meters can provide a picture of noise exposure and sources within a workplace, says Tim Turney.

The images associated with a ‘workplace injury’ are dramatic and visual – falls from height, machinery crush injuries, chemical burns; all such serious injuries warrant due care and precautions from employers and workers. However, an equally serious and pervasive type of workplace injury is a much less visual one. In fact, it cannot be seen at all.

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a permanent condition resulting in life-changing injuries that can seriously impair a worker’s quality of life. World Health Organization figures indicate that noise exposure contributes to 22 per cent of workplace-related health issues (

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