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Industrial deafness and tinnitus can be caused by exposure to significant noise on a daily basis over a number of years. Many different kinds of work environments are so loud that legislation has been passed requiring an employer to provide their employees with appropriate hearing protection. Such environments include, for example, factories, construction/building sites, mining, road works etc.
The level of noise experienced by the individual may be fairly consistent, for example where the employee is permanently employed using drilling equipment. In these circumstances, the level of noise to which the employee has been exposed may be relatively easy to determine.
It may, however, be that the amount of noise to which the employee has been exposed varies on a day to day basis. In these circumstances, it can be a little more difficult to assess the level of risk.
“The Noise at Work Regulations 1989 provide strict noise levels that employers must adhere to.”