♦ The following equipment can be harmful to your hearing – compressors, con saws,
breakers, generators etc.
♦ You do not have to be using noisy equipment; you can be affected by someone
working close by.
♦ Exposure to noise may cause, hearing loss, irritation, annoyance and fatigue, lack of
♦ Use a less noisy process if possible
♦ If you have to shout to be heard, then wear ear defenders.
♦ Ensure machinery is fitted with mufflers and that compressor door are closed.
♦ Your first priority should be to reduce noise levels and therefore your exposure to
noise – if this is not possible then hearing protection should be worn.