Browsing: Noise

WED
11:48AM

Work noise slows reaction times at relatively low levels

Injury-causing fatigue and delayed reaction times in workers increase significantly as workplace noise levels increase, a simulation of a noisy workplace has shown.

THU
1:55PM

Is your hearing-test process for workers compliant?

Employers with "noisy" workplaces have been urged to ensure mandatory hearing tests are carried out by authorised testers, given the provision of inaccurate data can have serious ramifications for businesses and their employees.

FRI
3:57PM

Employer fined $540k; WHS guides released; and more

  • Alarms ignored, worker killed, employer fined $540k;
  • WHS guides for worker accommodation and events released in NSW; and
  • WHS exemption extended in NSW.
FRI
12:47PM

Injury ruling points to ubiquity of noise hazards

In upholding a worker's noise-induced hearing loss claim, a tribunal has found claimants bear the onus of proving the relevant employment involved excessive noise exposure, before the evidentiary onus shifts to the respondent to show otherwise.

FRI
1:50PM

Ear-plug training instantly reduces hearing risks, damage

One-on-one training dramatically improves the effectiveness of workers' hearing protection devices, reducing the likelihood of improper fit and hearing loss, Canadian researchers have found.

TUE
2:08PM

WHS Code covers psychological risks in Australian first

Australia's first WHS Code of Practice for managing psychological risks, released for comment in NSW, advises duty holders to apply the hierarchy of controls and eliminate the risks by redesigning work processes.

THU
3:30PM

COVID-19 PPE disinfectant warning, and cold work risks

French doctors have warned that the rushed use of disinfectants during the COVID-19 pandemic can cause toxic exposures, after nurses at their hospital developed eye growths from protective glasses. Meanwhile, a timely study has found a link between cold-weather work, occupational noise and heart attack risk.

THU
11:51AM

Headache-causing exposures jeopardise workplace safety

A range of physical and chemical exposures increase workers' sensitivity to headaches and eye strain, putting them at greater risk of workplace accidents, researchers say.


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