04/15/2010

Worker Attitudes Towards Hearing Protection, and How to Change Them

Hazardous noise is not a new problem in the workplace, so there are many
attitudes and habits that are entrenched among exposed workers. In their
comprehensive study prepared in 2002, the UK Institute of Occupational Medicine
studied the human factor in hearing protection - worker attitudes, risk
perception and behavior. Their findings confirm many beliefs about workers'
attitudes toward hearing conservation, but also uncovered a few unexpected
results. Most importantly, the study offers a host of recommendations on how to
change existing attitudes and behavior of noise-exposed workers.

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed
him for a lifetime." This old adage says a lot about the value of knowledge in
changing behavior, and a landmark study sponsored by the UK Health and Safety
Executive shows that the adage holds true in the workplace just as much as the
village.

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