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Do no evil and hear no evil with an effective toolbox talk on ear abuse

by , 23 May 2014
In some, industrial industries hearing loss is the most common disease. This is because most employees don't think a few minutes of loud noise will do much harm.

But did you know: Your employees could be steadily going deaf because you haven't done a toolbox talk on ear abuse.

It's your responsibility to protect them from the causes of hearing loss. And you can do this with an effective toolbox talk on ear abuse. Here's what to tell them...

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How to give a toolbox talk on ear abuse

When you give a toolbox talk on ear abuse, start with the emotional effect. Make your employees see how hearing lose could affect their whole lives negatively. There's only so much you can do to help them if they lose their hearing.
 
If you can do that, they're more likely to listen.
 
Once you have their attention, tell them, continually working around loud noises is one of the common causes of hearing loss. And if they don't wear their hearing protections they'll go deaf. 
 
Remind them deafness is normally a permanent problem that no one can fix but they can easily prevent it.
 
The last and most important part of your toolbox talk must be on how your employees can protect themselves. So how can they protect themselves?
 
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Here's what how you and you employees can protect their ears

 
1. You (as the employer) must do noise surveys. This will ensure you protect their hearing in areas where the noise is above the legal limit.
 
2. You must give your employees hearing protection such as noise cancelling ear plugs. This is important if they work in a noisy area for any reason or any amount of time.
 
3. Your employees must wear their hearing protection whenever they go into a noisy area. To make sure they wear this gear, remind them that: The DoL can fine your employees for not wearing their ear protectors. And the Compensation Commissioner might not pay for their treatment if their hearing is harmed and they didn't wear their hearing protection.
 
You need to tell your employees all of these things during your toolbox talk. 
 
If you include all of this information in your toolbox talk on ear abuse, it'll be very successful.
 

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