WorkSafeBC Says Hearing Loss on the Rise in Oil and Gas Industry

WorkSafeBC Says Hearing Loss on the Rise in Oil and Gas Industry

Journal of Commerce

Hearing test data collected by oil and gas drilling sector employers over the last five years indicates the number of workers suffering from noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) has gone up from 33 per cent in 2012 to 45 per cent in 2017, a rise of 12 per cent.

Out of 294 workers in the oil and gas industry with NIHL, 65 per cent were under age 35.

By contrast only 13 per cent of workers in other noisy industries tested NIHL positive in 2017.

“There are a number of reasons why workers may be diagnosed with noise-induced hearing loss even though they are wearing some form of hearing protection,” WorkSafeBC occupational audiologist Sasha Brown said in a statement. “The earplugs or earmuffs might be the wrong size, inserted or worn incorrectly, not worn for long enough, or they may not be providing enough protection for the duration and intensity of noise exposure…”(Read the full story)

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