All industries carry some level of risk in terms of hearing loss or other occupational hazards. The health care and social assistance sector are no different. Employees who work in these industries are sometimes exposed to loud noises for long periods of time which can gradually damage their hearing. With the proper ear protection, many of these reported cases could have been prevented.
What the Numbers Say
Hearing loss reported by employees in the healthcare and social assistance sector ranges anywhere from 19 to 31%, according to NIOSH statistics. Many people naturally assume that these industries fall on the low end when it comes to noise exposure or exposure to ototoxic chemicals, such as carbon monoxide and organic solvents. In areas where proper steps were used to reduce noise levels, the numbers are much lower than in areas where no precautions are taken.
Occupational Hearing Loss for Employees in the Health Care and HSA Sectors Is Preventable
Employers are responsible for protecting their workers from injury while they are in the workplace. When it comes to hearing loss, the majority of reported occupational hearing loss was preventable. By providing protective ear wear/headphones and using other noise reducing technology, employers can reduce their employees' risk of hearing loss dramatically.
If you work in the healthcare or social assistance sector and have experienced substantial hearing loss while on the job, call Gaylord & Nantais today! They understand your frustration and are ready to work with you. They can put together a case that will not only protect your rights, but also get you the compensation you deserve. Call and schedule your appointment today!