Collaborating to prevent work-related hearing loss

Back to the May 2023 News Update 

Safe Work Australia and Hearing Australia are working together to prevent occupational noise-induced hearing loss.

“Hearing loss can negatively impact on daily life, affecting mental health, quality of life, and employment opportunities as well as having a significant impact on communication and participation in enjoyable activities. Because noise-induced hearing loss is preventable, it is important that everyone is aware of the risks and that these are managed appropriately. ”

- Emma Scanlan, Principal Audiologist, Hearing Australia

“Exposure to hazardous noise is a significant health and safety hazard in Australian workplaces. Since 2015, Australian workers have lodged close to 30,000 workers’ compensation claims for hearing loss. The majority of these claims were the result of long-term exposure to hazardous noise.”

- Dr Rebecca Newton, Branch Manager Chemicals, Occupational Hygiene Policy and High Risk Work Policy

Regardless of age, workers in construction, manufacturing, the automotive industry, agriculture and hospitality are at particular risk. 

Safe Work Australia and Hearing Australia will work together to provide information to employers on the preventative measures they can use to mitigate risks and protect workers’ hearing.

Practical guidance and resources will be available throughout this year. 

Keep an eye on our social media for more information on how to mitigate noise and prevent hearing loss in the workplace. Noise-induced hearing loss is permanent, let’s protect and preserve the hearing of all workers.