Millions of employees in Europe are exposed to noise at work and all the risks
this can entail. About 7% suffer from work related hearing difficulties.
Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most prevalent recognised occupational
diseases in the EU. While hearing loss is most obviously a problem in
industries such as manufacturing, construction and agriculture, it can also be
an issue in the entertainment sector, such as orchestras and discotheques.
Because communication and hearing are affected by noise exposure the
probability of accidents increases at relevant workplaces. Even relatively low
noise levels can cause problems in the workplace because the noise is annoying
and disturbing. Noise can give rise to stress reactions that have a detrimental
effect on the ability to concentrate and on productive efficiency.
The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has published a practical
guide for buyers of machineries to raise awareness of the risks related to
occupational noise and to encourage companies to buy low-noise equipment. The
- Reduces the costs of managing noise risks.
- Increases productivity and reduces the number of sick days.
- Reduces the need to buy and manage health surveillance, noise control,
- Reduces compensation costs and insurance premiums (depending on country).
AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work