Listen Up! Have You Heard the Latest....

Listen Up! Have You Heard the Latest....

26th January 2016

Here at Safety Fabrications we’re always talking about the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) the non-departmental body that’s responsible for encouraging, regulating and enforcing health, safety and welfare in the workplace.  The HSE was actually created by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and encompassed the existing regulatory organisations like the Factory Inspectorate and the Railway Inspectorate (which has since been transferred to the Office of Rail Regulation).  The HSE is responsible for research into occupational risks in the UK and investigates every industrial accident that takes place in our country, not matter how large or how small.  Now the HSE has recently announced a list of Keynote speakers who will be keeping the audiences riveted at ListenUP!, the very first European Hearing Conservation Conference which will take place in Manchester on 2nd March, 2016.

The conference will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel at Manchester Airport so getting there should be relatively easy, no matter which part of the UK you hail from.  ListenUP!  Hearing damage from exposure to excessive noise in the workplace is an insidious and invisible danger and the hearing loss is irreversible and untreatable.  Surprisingly though, this type of hearing loss is preventable and the HSE is the leading regulator enforcing the Control of Noise at Work Regulations (2005) in the UK’s workplaces.  Construction work is often noisy, with so much heavy machinery on building sites, so taking care of our hearing is vital for those of us who work in this sector.

The conference will bring together a number of interested parties involved in hearing conservation in a bid to learn and develop an understanding of the best way to tackle noise induced hearing loss.  Attendees will include health professionals and audiologists, acoustics and noise consultants, occupational hygienists, health and safety professionals, insurance and legal experts.  Unions, charities, industry organisations, trade bodies and government departments will also be represented at the conference.  The main aims of the conference are:

·         To establish a current position on hearing conservation throughout Europe and allow key issues to be identified and prioritised as a strategy for the future.

·         To provide a forum in which to share information and best practices across disciplines interested and active in hearing conservation.

·         To share innovative solutions for preventing harm to hearing.

·         To improve opportunities for success by establishing cross discipline discussion.

Hearing loss counts as a disability and it affects more than 10 million people here in the UK with the numbers rising annually.  The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that by 2030 adult onset hearing loss will be in the top ten diseases in the UK, above diabetes and cataracts so it’s about time this issue was given more attention. 

With more than a million workers in the UK being exposed to noise above the legal action value, they’re all at risk of developing hearing damage which has a significant effect on communication, leading to exclusion and disadvantages in education, employment, social care and day to day life.  Hearing loss also substantially increases the risk of accidental injury and this impacts on labour productivity and economic growth.