• Industrial Hearing Loss – A Major Area For Compensation

HEARING LOSS IS IRREVERSIBLE and can negatively impact a person’s quality of life, employment prospects, and mental health.

Yet, hearing damage happens gradually without a worker’s knowledge, usually not becoming apparent until 10-20 years after exposure.

Although induced hearing loss is largely preventable, in Australia and New Zealand industrial hearing loss represents one of the major areas of compensation. Awareness and preventative measures are essential for hearing conservation, and with the appropriate solutions noise induced hearing loss is largely avoidable.

Contributing factors to workplace noise are often compounded by secondary sources including traffic, machinery, electrical equipment, and music. These are just some examples that are very predominant in today’s environment.

According to Safe Work Australia ‘regardless of age, workers in construction, manufacturing, mining, the automotive industry, agriculture, and hospitality are at particular risk. 

Experts agree that the best preventative measure is ensuring workers are wearing the most appropriate hearing protection 100% of the time in noisy environments, and importantly, that ear-plugs and/or ear-muffs are fitted correctly.


The Class System For Noise Level Protection & Understanding What Class Of Hearing  Protection To Use

Under the Standard AS/NZS 1270, there is a classification method for the selection of hearing protectors. Once the extent of the noise hazard has been determined by a noise level survey, the user applies this to the classification table below to select an appropriate hearing protector. The class system enables selection of hearing protection appropriate to the noise exposure.

Together with our hearing protection partners, Bunzl Safety & Lifting are passionate about hearing conservation and educating workplaces on protecting against hearing loss.

Contact your local Bunzl Safety & Lifting branch for advice or learn more about the 3MTM Hearing Conservation Program.

Content courtesy of 3MTM and Safe Work Australia.

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Bunzl Safety and Lifting offers an integrated approach to the selection, supply, service, and replacement of safety products, resulting in our ability to manage the complete life cycle of your personal and workplace safety requirements. Bunzl Safety and Lifting is a leading manufacturer of safety products, we provide the very best in workwear, corporate wear, PPE, footwear, materials handling, load restraint, and recovery,height safety, and site safety. We are also a leading supplier of some of the best industrial safety brands on the market, including Mack, Ninja, Contego, Boomerang, Beaver, B-Safe, WS Workwear, Frontier, Black Rat, Robertsons, 3M, Honeywell, Ansell, Bolle Safety, DuPont, Donaghys, MSA, Moldex, Steel Blue, Oliver, uvex, Sqwincher, MaxiFlex, DNC Workwear, Mayo Hardware, Gunnebo Industries, Skylotech and Blundstone. We also offer a range of services including product specialisation and consolidation, custom embroidery and branding, lifting equipment and inspections, NATA Accredited testing and services, height safety installed systems and training, managed inventory, eCommerce and digital solutions, clothing fitouts and yearly uniform issues, ethical sourcing, Indigenous Engagement, and environmental responsibility. We have an Australia-wide network of branches that ensures fast shipping across the country.

Bunzl Brands & Operations Pty Ltd (BBO) located at 55 Sarah Andrews Close Erskine Park NSW 2579 quality scope covers: manufacturing, importing, wholesaling, repairing and testing of lifting, rigging equipment, winches, hoists and materials handling products. The manufacture of synthetic slings and webbing products including load restraint and height safety equipment. Manufacture, import, wholesale and distribution of PPE products, workwear and hand tools. Design and development of products and services and the provision of mechanical testing services.