Hearing Conservation Compliance & Sex
Guest Post by Karl Cameron
Noise being generally classed as either excessive noise or nuisance noise.
Excessive noise is defined in Part 4.1(56) of the Queensland Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 as noise above –
a) an 8 hour equivalent continuous A-weighted sound pressure level of 85dB(A); or
b) a C-weighted peak sound pressure level of 140dB(C).
Nuisance noise is that which is perceived as annoying, irrespective of daily exposure. High levels of background noise for example from computers and scientific instrumentation can interfere with verbal communication and affect work efficiency. Certain types of sound, (e.g. high pitched, irregular, intermittent, or rhythmic) may be sufficiently irritating to cause psychological distress and accompanying physical symptoms.
Fortunately the risk of noise induced hearing loss (industrial deafness) can be reduced or even eliminated through the successful application of hearing conservation programs. Every level of the hierarchy of control assists in this endeavour.
However, a consistent weak point is noted at the PPE compliance level across the workforce. Supplied, appropriate hearing protection is not consistently correctly used. The excuses all boil down to ’Lack of Motivation’.
For your next ’Tool Box’ presentation, try this as a motivation: Men (can) Lose Potency with Hearing Loss. Might give new meaning to taking care of your tools.
University Qld Hearing Conservation Guideline
SHHH Sexuality and Intimacy with Hearing Loss
Suter & Franks Practical Guide to Hearing Conservation Programs